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Melissa Manning and Maria Takolander win at the VPLAs
Posted 03.02.2022

Melissa Manning and Maria Takolander win at the VPLAs

Congratulations to Melissa Manning and Maria Takolander for winning the Fiction and Poetry categories respectively at the 2022 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards.

Melissa won the Prize for Fiction for Smokehouse, an accomplished story collection that is deeply rooted in the Tasmanian landscape and those moments in people’s lives when everything changes.

The VPLA judges described the collection as 'atmospheric, mesmerising stories by an incredibly skilled writer.'

Manning has created an entire world in this small Tasmanian town; a place glistening with pathos, empathy and the essence of human connection. With an innovative structure, perfectly spare prose, and great emotional weight, Smokehouse is a celebration of ordinary lives made extraordinary.

Maria won the Prize for Poetry for Trigger Warning, an extraordinary collection of poems that address domestic violence and environmental catastrophe with ruthlessness and lyrical beauty.

VPLA judges said Trigger Warning 'shows the writer at the very peak of her form.'

The book is multi-layered, bolstered with incisive intellect and wit and underscored by an impressive range of tone, style and themes.