This week was ‘lists week’ in the media. This is an area of particular interest to Honest History because, more than ever, journalism and small-run publications are presenting the first draft of history.
First, the Small Press Network announced the shortlist for its Most Underrated Book Award. The Award is sponsored by the Australian Booksellers Association and aims to ‘uncover and celebrate the hidden gems of Australian publishing’. Shortlisted were:
- Gwen by Goldie Goldbloom (Fremantle Press);
- Living in Hope by the late Frank Byrne with Frances Coughlan & Gerard Waterford (Ptilotus Press); and
- Plane Tree Drive by Lynette Washington (Midnight Sun Publishing).
Gwen and Plane Tree Drive are fiction, Living in Hope is a Stolen Generations memoir. The MUBA winner is announced on 22 November at SPN’s Independent Publishing Conference at the Wheeler Centre, Melbourne.
Secondly, the list of lists for the Walkleys has been announced, with the usual multiple categories. Notable were the number of contenders with a First Nations theme, including a Guardian Australia team for a series on Indigenous deaths in custody, Laura Murphy-Oates of SBS for stories on the Myall Creek Massacre and the Frontier Wars, and Tjanara Goreng Goreng with Julie Szego for Tjanara’s memoir, A Long Way from No Go. (Tjanara has reviewed books for Honest History and is a panellist at our symposium on 8 November.) Walkley winners to be announced in Brisbane, 22 November.
Thirdly, there were the photojournalism and documentary awards, with a standout photograph by Lukas Coch (AAP) getting Photo of the Year, other winners for portrait, community, and daily life, and more awards to come. There is a great collection of leading photographs here; look out particularly for the ones by David Gray, Sylvia Liber and Andrew Quilty.
19 October 2018