Creative writing students at La Trobe win national accolades

Ethel Book Prize

Ethel Turner Prize Postgraduate in English from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Kelly Gardiner has been Short-listed for the  Ethel Turner Prize as part of the NSW Premier's Literary Awards for her novel 'Act of Faith'.

'It's a great honour to be Short-listed alongside some very fine books by excellent Australian authors,' says Ms Gardiner.

'Returning to university to do my doctorate has helped refine my research skills and strengthen the theoretical basis of my writing and being at La Trobe has put me in contact with other writers with whom I discuss and workshop my ideas,' she adds.

'Act of Faith' was also 'Highly Commended' for the Barbara Jefferis Award, recognised as a 'Notable Book' by the Children's Book Council of Australia and Short-listed for the 'Gold Inky' Teen Choice Award.

The national recognition for Ms Gardiner's novel caps off a great year for the English Program's creative writing students, notably with Adrian Hyland's Kinglake 360 which was Short-listed, Prime Minister's Literary Awards, 2012, Short-listed, Waverley Library Award, 2012, Short-listed, Age Book of the Year Awards, 2012 and Commended, WA Premier's Book Awards, 2011.

Professor Paul Salzman of English Literature and Program Co-ordinator for Creative Writing says the course is  successful because 'it draws on the English Program's deep commitment to teaching and to a process of supervision that truly engages with students as individuals, rather
than an a mechanical process.

'Postgraduates students at La Trobe are part of a supportive, vibrant community: creative writing and literary postgraduates also work side by side which is important for their development as writers, critics, and scholars,' says Professor Salzman.

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Contact:  Mikhaela Delahunty
m.delahunty@latrobe.edu.au

03 9479 5517