2018 Colin Roderick Award Longlist

2018 Colin Roderick Award Longlist

The 2018 Colin Roderick Award Longlist

This year the Foundation received a record 209 entries for the 2018 Colin Roderick Award.  Below is the complete longlist of submissions that we received for this year's award.  A shortlist of entries will be announced later in the year.

2018 Judging Panel

Associate Professor Stephen Torre, James Cook University

Stephen is Adjunct Professor of English at James Cook University and a Research Fellow of the Cairns Institute. His research interests are in the short story, writing and culture in the tropics, and twentieth-century avant-gardes. Stephen has taught courses on Australian literature and culture, Avant-Garde/Modernist literature, and Short Story Writing. He is the founding editor of etropic: electronic journal of studies in the tropics, the project leader of the Cairns Institute's Cultural Atlas of Tropical Australia, and the convenor of the Tropics of the Imagination Conference.

Emeritus Professor Alan Lawson, Univsersity of Queensland

Professor Lawson most recently served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research & International), from 2009 to 2013 at The University of Queensland. Professor Lawson has formerly judged the Queensland Literary Awards for Non-Fiction (2014-16); Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards for Fiction (1999-2002); City of Brisbane Short Story Award (1988-89); and McGregor Literary Competition (1981, 1984); and reviewed fiction and non-fiction

Professor Lawson's research interests include post-colonial theory and critical practice, especially in relation to 'settler' cultures, literary and cultural institutions, Australia-Canada comparative studies, Australian fiction and Canadian fiction. He has published, inter alia, on Patrick White, Frank Moorhouse, Barbara Baynton, Henry Lawson, and George Johnston. He was (with Ken Goodwin) co-editor of The Macmillan Anthology of Australian Literature. He has been an editorial board member of 12 – mostly literary – journals (including LiNQ, ALS, and Meanjin).

Professor Lawson holds BA (H1), University of Newcastle; MA (ANU); and PhD (UQ). Since retirement, he has been a Consultant on Research Quality and Research Integrity for 13 Australian universities.

Mrs Mary Vernon, retired Deputy Editor of Townsville Bulletin

Born in Perth Western Australia Mary has worked as a journalist in most states of Australia and several other countries.

As well as her considerable experience in writing, reporting, layout, editing and uploading web content she started reviewing books for The Australian in the early 1980s. She took over as Books Editor at the Townsville Bulletin when Colin Roderick retired from that position while also being, in turn, deputy editor, features editor, production editor, and daily columnist at the Townsville Bulletin in North Queensland. She has edited several books and anthologies and, like most journalists, is working on the Great Australian Novel, as well as having almost completed a history of food on Magnetic Island.

Besides working in print with a variety of regional papers, she has also worked in radio and is still heard most Friday afternoons on ABC Radio Townsville as part of their drive time show.

She worked as tutor and mentor for News Ltd’s online training college for young journalists for 10 years and spent six months in Myanmar in 2005, mentoring and training journalists on the Myanmar Times in Yangon, an experience she found very satisfying, although difficult.

In 2009 she graduated as a Master of Arts (Writing) from James Cook University in Townsville and hopes to complete a PhD in Social History over the next few years.

Professor Leigh Dale, University of Wollongong

Leigh Dale taught Australian and other literatures for several decades, and was editor of the journal Australian Literary Studies from 2002 to 2015. Her first year of judging the Colin Roderick Award was in 2017; she had previous been a judge for the inaugural Barbara Jefferis Award, and for prizes awarded by the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL).

Fear of AbandonmentAllan Gyngell
The Daintree Blockade: the Battle for Australia's Tropical RainforestsBill Wilkie
La Trobe: Traveller, Writer, GovernorJohn Barnes
IntruderLeonie Johnson
Discovering Charles MeereJoy Eadie
Dark ConvictsJudy Johnson
Drawing SybyllaOdette Kelada
Lord Nelson, Uncle Oliver and IEdwin Wilson
Dark Matters: a novelSusan Hawthorne
Ann Hannah, My (Un)Remarkable GrandmotherBetty McLellan
Surrogacy: A Human Rights ViolationRenate Klein
Donald Horne: Selected WritingsDonald Horne
Cicada ChimesHelen Koukoutsis
TransparenciesStephen Edgar
Room for DelusionMargaret Mathews
Scoundrel Days: A MemoirBrentley Frazer
Common PeopleTony Birch
The AgonistShastra Deo
Call of the Reed Warbler: A New Agriculture, A New EarthCharles Massy
Old GrowthJohn Kinsella
From The Wreck Jane Rawson
SoonLois Murphy
Billy SingOuyang Yu
Habits of SilenceStephanie Buckle
The Story of AustraliaRobert Lewis
Anecdotal Evidence Gayelene Carbis
Mirror SydneyVanessa Berry
TrackerAlexis Wright
I Love PoetryMichael Farrell
No More BoatsFelicity Castagna
AzraelTracey Ellis
'Me Write Myself': The Free Aboriginal Inhabitants of Van Diemen's Land at Wybalenna, 1832-47Leonie Stevens
Tinkering: Australians Reinvent DIY CultureKatherine Wilson
Slow Catastrophes: Living with Drought in AustraliaRebecca Jones
A Dangerous LanguageSulari Gentill
RubikElizabeth Tan
These Wild HousesOmar Sakr
PsynodeMarlee Jane Ward
I struggled with obesity and survived. My Painful JourneyAmon Rao
History & the PoetRobert Wood
Barking DogsRebekah Clarkson
Breaking the MouldAngela Pippos
Living in HopeFrank Byrne
The Legend from Bruce Rock: The Wally Foreman StoryGlen Foreman
The Unfortunate Death of James Douglas O'FlahertyMiles Hunt
Colonialism and its AftermathPeggy Brock & Tom Gara
The Vanished LandRichard Zachariah
Incredible FloridasStephen Orr
Those Wild RabbitsBruce Munday
The Woman Who Fooled The World: Belle Gibson's Cancer ConBeau Donnelly & Nick Toscano
Things that Helped: EssaysJessica Friedmann
The Secret Code-Breakers of Central Bureau:  how Australia's signals-intelligence network helped win the Pacific WarDavid Dufty
Adult Fantasy: searching for true maturity in an age of mortgages, marriages, and other adult milestonesBriohny Doyle
Watching Out: reflections on justice and injusticeJulian Burnside
The Hope FaultTracy Farr
Clear to the Horizon Dave Warner 
Fair DayAlex Dunkin
P(oe)Ms: a collection of beau presents for Australian Prime MinistersDave Drayton
The Mouth that RoaredLes Twentyman & Robert Hillman
Hippy Days, Arabian Nights: From life in the bush to love on the NileKatherine Boland
There Be DragonsHeather Donaldson
The Master Tea Makers of KangunyahGarry Hurle
Before I ForgetMarjorie Williams
The Beauty That Remains A Vietnamese Refugee's Journey to FreedomQuynh Dao
The Book of ThistlesNoelle Janaczewska
Pentridge: voices from the other sideRupert Mann
Woolloomooloo: A biography Louis Nowra
Sydney Noir: The Golden Years Michael Duffy
Jewish Anzacs: Jews in the Australian Military Mark Dapin
Hidden in Plain View: The Aboriginal people of coastal Sydney Paul Irish
The Tempest-Tossed Church: Being a Catholic today Gerard Windsor
Beautiful Balts: From displaced persons to new Australians Jayne Persian
Australian Gypsies: Their secret history Mandy Sayer
A Fuhrer for a Father Jim Davidson
Asylum by Boat: Origins of Australia's refugee policy Claire Higgins
Jane & D'Arcy, Jane Austen & D'Arcy Wentworth: Vol 1 Folly is not always Folly; Vol 2 Such Talent & Such SuccessWal Walker
Twenty-five Memories of Viggo MacDuffKate Gordon
CardinalLouise Milligan
Into the Heart of TasmaniaRebe Taylor
Songlines and Fault LinesGlenn Morrison
Whiteley on TrialGabriella Coslovich
AdaKaz Cooke
A Long Way From HomePeter Carey
All Fall DownCassandra Austin
Still LuckyRebecca Huntley
Depends What You Mean By ExtremistJohn Safran
Please ExplainAnna Broinowski
Aussie Aussie AussieBen Pobjie
Chappell's Last StandMichael Sexton
Golf InterruptedPeter Anderson
Pubs and Pub licans of Tasmania's old west.Patrick Howard
Flame TipKarenlee Thompson
Subtle Moments: Scenes on a Life's JourneyBruce Grant
Danger MusicEddie Ayres
The Twentieth ManTony Jones
For a GirlMary-Rose MacColl
The Passage of LoveAlex Miller
Hello, GoodbyeEmily Brewin
Storm and GraceKathryn Heyman
A Hundred Small LessonsAshley Hay
The Crying PlaceLia Hills
OnlyCaroline Baum
To Become a WhaleBen Hobson
Half WildPip Smith
Bridget CrackRachel Leary
The Life to ComeMichelle de Kretser
The ChokeSofie Laguna
No Front LineChris Masters
Martin SharpJoyce Morgan
A Long Way from WyandraPeter Moody
Cold War GamesHarry Blutstein
Hush: A FugueDominique Hecq
Australian Lives: An Intimate HistoryAnisa Puri & Alistair Thomson
The Art of DisappearingElisabeth Hanscombe
Desert Anzacs: the Under-told Story of the Sinai Palestine Campaign 1916-1918Neil Dearberg
Rain BirdsHarriet McKnight
The Sugar DoctorLois Shepheard
The UnmournedTom and Meg Keneally
The Woolgrower's CompanionJoy Rhoades
CharlatanCatherine Jinks
Mr ShowbizStephen Dando-Collins
First PersonRichard Flanagan
An Uncommon WomanNicole Alexander
Small Acts of PurposeE. A. Gleeson
Us Women, Our Ways, Our WorldPatricia Dudgeon, Jeannie Herbert, Jill Milroy &
Darlene Oxenham
The RestorerMichael Sala
The StarlingsVivienne Kelly
A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her WorkBernadette Brennan
The Last GardenEva Hornung
Anaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of ConsciousnessKate Cole-Adams
Australia DayMelanie Cheng
On the Java RidgeJock Serong
The Enigmatic Mr DeakinJudith Brett
The Book of DirtBram Presser
Bird CountryClaire Aman
The Trauma Cleaner: One Women's Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay and DisasterSarah Krasnostein
SuburbiaJeremy Chambers
Can You Hear the Sea?: My Grandmother's StoryBrenda Niall
And then I found meNoel Tovey
Losing Streak: How Tasmania was gamed by the gambling industryJames Boyce
Eliyahu's MistressRoger Mendelson
A Second LifeStephen Wright
The White Queen: One Nation and the Politics of RaceDavid Marr
The Long Goodbye: Coal, Coral and Australia's Climate DeadlockAnna Krien
Moral Panic 101: Equality, Acceptance and the Safe Schools ScandalBenjamin Law
The Crystal BallroomLibby Sommer
Alice's Daughter: Lost mission child Jackie Ferro & Rhonda Collard-Spratt
MinefieldsHugh Riminton
The CommandoBen Mckelvey
WimmeraMark Brandi
Rogue NationRoyce Kurmelovs
My Outback Life Toni Tapp Coutts
The House of Lies Renee McBryde
Terra NulliusClaire Coleman
Down The Hume Peter Polites
Closing DownSally Abbott
UnderstoryInga Simpson
No Way! Okay, FineBrodie Lancaster
Dragon and KangarooRobert Macklin
Barney Greatrex Michael Veitch
Burke And WillsPeter FitzSimons
The Rag Tag FleetIan Shaw
The Secret ManKatherine Kizilos
The Vandemonian WarNick Brodie
The TownShaun Prescott
Miss Muriel MattersRobert Wainwright
Mrs Kelly: The astonishing life of Ned Kelly's motherGrantlee Kieza
Waltzing AustraliaTim Borthwick
To Know My CrimeFiona Capp
Facing the FlameJackie French
AcheEliza Henry-Jones
AfterNikki Gemmell
Mrs. MLuke Slattery
StorylandCatherine McKinnon
Sixty SecondsJesse Blackadder
Caroline Chisholm: An Irresistible ForceSarah Goldman
Line of FireIan Townsend
Whatcha Building? Andrew Daddo & Stephen Michael King Andrew Daddo
& Stephen Michael King
And Fire Came DownEmma Viskic
The StudentIain Ryan
The Death and Life of Australian SoccerJoe Gorman
The Dystopia in the Desert: The silent culture of Australia's remotest Aboriginal communitiesTadhgh Purtill
The Truth about AMaureen O'Shaughnessy
Badge, Boot, Button: The Story of Australian UniformsCraig Wilcox
Looking for Rose Paterson: How Family Bush Life Nurtured Banjo the PoetJennifer Gall
Dear Lindy: A Nation Responds to the Loss of AzariaAlana Valentine
Force of NatureJane Harper
First, we make the beast beautifulSarah Wilson
The GulfAnna Spargo-Ryan
TabooKim Scott
Deeper Than The SeaNelika McDonald
How Bright Are All Things HereSusan Green
Take Three GirlsFiona Wood, Cath Crowley & Simmone Howell
Work Strife BalanceMia Freedman
Dancing With DemonsTim Watson-Munro
MemoirsMike Willesee
Wednesdays With BobDerek Rielly
All That Wasted HeatJonathan Hadwen
Crossing the LinesSulari Gentill
Warren Mundine In Black and WhiteNyunggai Warren Mundine
Plane Tree DriveLynette Washington
Hanging Rock - A HistoryChris McConville
High VoltageJeff Apter
China MattersLinda Jakobson & Bates Gill
On Kate JenningsErik Jensen
On John MarsdenAlice Pung
Crossing the LineKim McGrath
Changing Jobs Jim Chalmers & Mike Quigley