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Join six emerging and award-winning writers for a panel discussion on storytelling’s relationship with science.

This free event is the closing evening of the first Foundation for Australian Literary Studies (FALS) writers residency, held at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS).

Join us in person at JCU Townsville or online via Zoom. Find out more and register.

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The six successful applicants for the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies’ (FALS) writing residency have been announced as Claire Corbett, Stacy Gougoulis, Eliza Henry-Jones, Jock Serong, Maria Takolander and Jessica White. Read more.

2021 Colin Roderick Literary Award recipient, Sofie Laguna
2021 Colin Roderick Literary Award recipient, Sofie Laguna. PICTURE: Rochelle Van Der Merwe

The enthralling coming-of-age story of a boy living in rural Victoria has won this year’s Colin Roderick Literary Award.

The Award, administered by the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies based at James Cook University’s Bebegu Yumba campus in Townsville, has gone to Sofie Laguna’s novel Infinite Splendours.

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The shortlist for one of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious literary awards has been announced by the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies, based at James Cook University.

The shortlist is dominated by fiction: Consolation by Garry Disher, Melting Moments by Anna Goldsworthy, The Survivors by Jane Harper, Infinite Splendour by Sofie Laguna, and A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing by Jessie Tu, with Louise Milligan’s Witness the only non-fiction book to make the cut.

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Eureka! by Mark Wilson is the first children’s picture book to be longlisted for the Colin Roderick Award. Read more.

An exposé of the Australian newspaper industry Paper Emperors: The Rise of Australia’s Newspaper Empires by Sally Young has won the 2020 Colin Roderick Literary Award, valued at $20,000. Read more.