History & Media

Media Releases

Oct 2017 - Josephine Wilson's Extinctions wins 2017 Roderick Award

July 2017 - Top Australian authors shortlisted

Oct 2016 - 2016 Colin Roderick Award Winner Announced

Nov 2015 - Searching for Australia's top author

Oct 2015 - Announcement of the 2014 Colin Roderick Award Winner

Aug 2015 - Top Australian authors shortlisted

Oct 1014 - Announcement of the 2013 Colin Roderick Award Winners

History of the Foundation

The Foundation was formally established on 18th July 1966 amidst messages of support from leading figures in Australian literary and academic fields. Sir  Stephen  Roberts,Vice-chancellor of the University of Sydney, described the formation of the Foundation as "a major  educational  achievement".  The  Vice-chancellor  of  the University  of  Queensland,  Sir Fred Schonell, saw it as "a means of charting the past, vitalizing the present, and influencing the future for the increasing number of Australians seeking a literary conscience". Read the full history of the Foundation.