Aboriginal author wins Australia's most prestigious literary prize

Canberra (dpa) - Aboriginal author Tara June Winch has won this year's Miles Franklin Literary Award, Australia's most prestigious and highly-endowed literary prize.

Tara June Winch
Tara June Winch
Winch, a 36-year-old woman from the Wiradjuri Aboriginal group, won the prize for her novel "The Yield," which tells three stories of Indigenous history, colonial violence, intergenerational pain and environmental destruction. 
The winner was announced on Thursday at a ceremony broadcast on YouTube. It was the first time in the award's 63-year history that the prize was awarded online amid the Covid-19 pandemic. 
Winch, who is based in the French city of Nantes, received 60,000 Australian dollars (42,000 US dollars) in prize money for her novel, published by Penguin Random House. 
The judges lauded her book as "haunting and accomplished."
Winch is the fourth Indigenous Australian writer to win the annual prize, awarded since 1957 for a novel "of the highest literary merit" that presents "Australian life in any of its phases." 


Thursday, July 16th 2020

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