2017 in Australian literature

This article presents a list of the historical events and publications of Australian literature during 2017.

List of years in literature (table)
In poetry
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020

Major publicationsEdit

Literary fictionEdit

Children's and Young Adult fictionEdit

CrimeEdit

Science Fiction and FantasyEdit

PoetryEdit

DramaEdit

BiographiesEdit

Non-fictionEdit

Awards and honoursEdit

Note: these awards were presented in the year in question.

Lifetime achievementEdit

Award Author
Patrick White Award[1] Tony Birch

FictionEdit

NationalEdit

Award Category Author Title Publisher
The Australian/Vogel Literary Award[2] Marija Peričić The Lost Pages Allen & Unwin
Miles Franklin Award[3] Josephine Wilson Extinctions UWA Publishing
Prime Minister's Literary Awards[4] Fiction Ryan O'Neill Their Brilliant Careers Black Inc
New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards[5] Fiction Heather Rose The Museum of Modern Love Allen & Unwin
Queensland Literary Awards[6] Fiction Melissa Ashley The Birdman’s Wife Affirm Press
Stella Prize[7] Heather Rose The Museum of Modern Love Allen & Unwin
Victorian Premier's Literary Award[8] Fiction Georgia Blain Between a Wolf and a Dog Scribe

Children and Young AdultEdit

NationalEdit

Award Category Author Title Publisher
Children's Book of the Year Award[9] Older Readers Claire Zorn One Would Think the Deep UQP
Younger Readers Trace Balla Rockhopping Allen & Unwin
Picture Book Bob Graham Home in the Rain Walker Books
Early Childhood Johanna Bell, illus. Dion Beasley Go Home, Cheeky Animals! Allen & Unwin
New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards[5] Children's Leanne Hall Iris and the Tiger Text Publishing
Young People's James Roy and Noël Zihabamwe One Thousand Hills Omnibus Books, Scholastic Australia
Victorian Premier's Literary Award[8] Young Adult Fiction Randa Abdel-Fattah When Michael Met Mina Pan Australia

Crime and MysteryEdit

InternationalEdit

Award Author Title Publisher
CWA Gold Dagger Award[10] Jane Harper The Dry Pan Australia

NationalEdit

Award Category Author Title Publisher
Davitt Award[11] Novel Jane Harper The Dry Pan Australia
Ned Kelly Award[12] Novel Adrian McKinty Police at the Station and They Don't Look Friendly Seventh Street Books
First novel Jane Harper The Dry Pan Australia

Science FictionEdit

Award Category Author Title Publisher
Aurealis Award[13] Sf Novel Jane Rawson From the Wreck Transit Lounge
Sf Short Story Garth Nix "Conversations with an Armoury" Solaris (Infinity Wars)
Fantasy Novel Jay Kristoff Godsgrave HarperCollins Publishers
Fantasy Short Story Tansey Rayner Roberts "The Curse is Come Upon Me, Cried" Please Look After This Angel & Other Winged Stories (self-published)
Horror Novel Lois Murphy Soon Transit Lounge
Horror Short Story J Ashley-Smith "Old Growth" IFWG Publishing Australia (SQ Mag 31)
Young Adult Novel Cally Black In the Dark Spaces Hardie Grant Egmont
Young Adult Short Story Tansey Rayner Roberts "Girl Reporter" Girl Reporter (Book Smugglers)
Ditmar Award[14] Novel Kaaron Warren The Grief Hole IWFG Publishing Australia
Best Novella or Novelette Tansey Rayner Roberts "Did We Break the End of the World?" Defying Doomsday (Twelfth Planet Press)
Best Short Story Cat Sparks "No Fat Chicks" In Your Face (TableCroft Publishing)

Non-FictionEdit

Award Category Author Title Publisher
National Biography Award[15] Biography Tom D C Roberts Before Rupert: Keith Murdoch and the Birth of a Dynasty UQP
New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards[5] Non-Fiction Thornton McCamish Our Man Elsewhere: In Search of Alan Moorehead Black Inc
New South Wales Premier's History Awards[16] Australian History Mark McKenna From the Edge: Australia’s Lost Histories Melbourne University Publishing
Community and Regional History Peter Hobbins, Ursula K Frederick and Anne Clarke Stories from the Sandstone: Quarantine Inscriptions from Australia’s Immigrant Past Arbon Publishing
General History Sandra Wilson, Robert Cribb, Beatrice Trefalt and Dean Aszkielowicz Japanese War Criminals: The Politics of Justice after the Second World War Columbia University Press
Queensland Literary Awards[6] Non-Fiction Cathy McLennan Saltwater University of Queensland Press
Victorian Premier's Literary Award[8] Non-fiction Madeline Gleeson Offshore: Behind the Wire on Manus and Nauru NewSouth Publishing

PoetryEdit

Award Author Title Publisher
New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards[5] Peter Boyle Ghostspeaking Vagabond Press
Victorian Premier's Literary Award[8] Maxine Beneba Clarke Carrying the World Hachette Australia

DramaEdit

Award Category Author Title Publisher
New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards[5] Script Shirley Birse The Code, Series 2, Episode 4 Playmaker
Patrick White Playwrights' Award Award Kim Ho Mirror's Edge Sydney Theatre Company
Fellowship Sue Smith

DeathsEdit

  • 12 Jan 2017 – Jill Roe, historian, academic and author (born 10 November 1940)
  • 10 March 2017 – Bill Leak, editorial and political cartoonist, caricaturist and portraitist (born 9 January 1956)
  • 9 April 2017 – John Clarke, comedian, writer and satirist (born 29 July 1948)
  • 22 April 2017 Donna Williams, writer, artist, singer-songwriter, screenwriter and sculptor (born 12 October 1963)
  • 2 May 2017 – Michael Gurr, playwright, author, speech writer and screenwriter (born 29 October 1961)
  • 3 May 2017 – Rosie Scott, novelist and lecturer (born 22 March 1948)
  • 27 June 2017 – Rae Desmond Jones, poet, novelist, short story writer and politician (born 11 August 1941)
  • 2 July 2017 – Fay Zwicky, poet, short-story writer, critic and academic best known for her autobiographical poem Kaddish, about her identity as a Jewish writer (born 4 July 1933)
  • 3 August 2017 – Jack Wodhams, science fiction writer (born 3 September 1931)
  • 7 November 2017 – Sylvia Lawson, historian, journalist and critic (born 12 November 1932)
  • 1 December 2017 – Ken Inglis, historian (born 7 October 1929)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Tony Birch wins 2017 Patrick White Award". Books + Publishing. 16 November 2017. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Marija Peričić's The Lost Pages wins the 2017 Australian/Vogel's Literary Award". Allen & Unwin. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  3. ^ Brooks, Lee (7 September 2017). "Miles Franklin Literary Prize winner Josephine Wilson claims prestigious award for Extinctions". ABC News. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Prime Minister's Literary Awards - Winners and Shortlist". Department of Communications and the Arts. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Winners announced for 2017 NSW Premier's Literary Awards" (PDF). State Library of New South Wales. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Queensland Literary Awards 2017 winners announced". Books & Publishing. 5 October 2017. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  7. ^ "The 2017 Stella Prize". The Stella Prize. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d "Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2017". The Wheeler Centre. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Book of the Year - Winners 2017". The Children's Book Council of Austrlia. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  10. ^ "'The Dry' wins CWA Gold Dagger". Books + Publishing. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  11. ^ "'The Dry' wins best novel at 2017 Davitt Awards". Books + Publishing. 28 August 2017. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Announcing the 2017 Ned Kelly Award Winners". Australian Crime Writers Association. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  13. ^ "2017 Aurealis Awards Winners". Aurealis Awards. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  14. ^ "Ditmar Awards 2017 winners announced". Books + Publishing. 13 June 2017. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  15. ^ Romei, Stephen (1 August 2017). "Keith Murdoch biography nets award for Tom DC Roberts". The Australian. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  16. ^ "Winners of the 2017 NSW Premier's History Awards announced". Books + Publishing. Retrieved 8 May 2018.