Great Queensland Literature wins at Queensland Literary Awards

Above: Queensland writers took home eight of the 15 prizes at the Queensland Literary Awards.

Winners of the Queensland Literary Awards were announced last night at State Library of Queensland. The awards honour outstanding books by Australian authors and champion new writing from emerging Queensland writers.

The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award for 2019 is Adani, Following Its Dirty Footsteps: A Personal Story by Lindsay Simpson. The winning title is determined by public vote.

Above: Finalists in the Courier Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award

Melissa Lucashenko’s Too Much Lip described by the author as “a mix between the Beverley Hillbillies and Once Were Warriors” was awarded the prize for a work of State significance (Brisbane Times, November 12 cited 12/11/2019). Too Much Lip won the Miles Franklin Award 2019 for the same title.

The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award went to Exploded View (by Carrie Tiffany. Other nominated titles were:

  • Bodies of Men by Nigel Featherstone
  • Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko
  • Shell by Kristina Olsson
  • Daughter of Bad Times by Rohan Wilson

The University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award was awarded to An Unconventional Wife: The Life of Julia Sorell Arnold by Mary Hoban. Judges described the book as “an intellectual Downton Abbey where religion, gender relations and politics shape the lives of all protagonists”.

Above: The University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book finalists

Griffith University Children’s Book Award winner was Slightly Alarming Tale of the Whispering Wars by Jaclyn Moriarty. “Stylistically inventive and masterful in its use of (bickering) voice, this rollicking story is very funny, yet succeeds in illuminating our world with tenderness, wisdom, and wit” commented judges.

Griffith University Young Adult Book Award went to Lenny’s Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee. Expressive writing, assured plotting and sophisticated structure combine to create a compassionate exploration of self, particularly in relation to others.

Above: Some of the Young Adult book finalists

Celebrate all the winners and finalists great Queensland writing with your community. For details about the books and to read the judges’ comments about all the titles, visit the website.