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Tony Birch shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award
Posted 17.06.2020

Tony Birch shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award

Congratulations to UQP author Tony Birch, who has been shortlisted for the 2020 Miles Franklin Literary Award.

According to the 2020 judging panel:

This novel describes the journey of Odette and her 13-year-old granddaughter Sissy as they struggle to stay together when the authorities are determined to break them apart. The story is not given to sentimentality; instead it is a celebration of Aboriginal resilience and kinship in response to trauma. It demands that Australia addresses this savage past.

The Miles Franklin Literary Award is Australia’s most prestigious literature prize. Established through the will of My Brilliant Career author, Miles Franklin, the prize is awarded each year to a novel which is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases.

First presented in 1957, the Award helps to support authors and to foster uniquely Australian literature. Miles Franklin believed that 'Without an indigenous literature, people can remain alien in their own soil.' She also had first-hand experience of struggling to make a living as a writer and was the beneficiary of two literary prizes herself.

The 2020 winner will be announced on 16 July.