Thursday, October 29, 2015

Fremantle novelist Joan London wins Patrick White literary award

The Stella and Miles Franklin prize-nominated author of The Golden Age receives $24,000 award for her contribution to Australian literature  

Joan London, winner of the 2015 Patrick White literary award.
Joan London, winner of the 2015 Patrick White literary award. Photograph: Abby London/Random House
Fremantle author Joan London has been awarded the 2015 Patrick White literary award for her ongoing contribution to Australian literature.

Established by the late Australian author Patrick White, who set up a trust with the winnings of his 1973 Nobel prize for literature, this annual honour is bestowed on a writer of novels, short stories, poetry or plays who may not have received due recognition for his or her work.
London, the author of three novels and two short story collections, said she was deeply honoured and moved to accept “a writer’s prize to a fellow writer”.

“It’s an award that has always intrigued me, embodying, it seems to me, the deepest values of Patrick White himself, who knew all about the highs and lows of the writing life, the anxiety and doubts that only solid, daily hours of application can help overcome,” she said.

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