Shortlisted for 'The Nib' $20k Award

If you have a spare moment, please vote for Eggshell Skull in the ‘People’s Choice’ section of the 2018 “Nib” Award for research in writing before entries close on 22 October: https://haveyoursay.waverley.nsw.gov.au/nib2018_peopleschoice

It means a lot to me that my book has been recognised for a research award - it shows that people are taking it seriously. It reassures me that people aren’t dismissing this as some kind of navel-gazing 20-something memoir. It’s a really impressive shortlist, and I’m just flattered and honoured to be on it. :)

The Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Award is Waverley Council’s annual celebration of the best in Australian research and writing. Established in 2002 as The Nib Waverley Library Award for Literature, this prestigious prize has so far distributed around $350,000 directly to deserving Australian authors. Entries are open to all Australian writers regardless of their experience, chosen subject matter or genre. Submitted works are judged against the specific award criteria of excellence in research, high level of literary merit, readability and value to the community. Winners are decided by an independent panel of three judges each of whom bring a wealth of experience from across the literary world.

The shortlist includes:

  • Relatively Famous, Roger Averill (Transit Lounge) A beautifully worked novel about parents and children and the life-long negotiations – for independence, approval and love.

  • The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay & Disaster, Sarah Krasnostein (Text Publishing) An extraordinary account of Sandra Pankhurst, the trauma cleaner bringing order and care to the living and the dead.

  • The Dead Still Cry Out, Helen Lewis (Text Publishing) Using photographs and film stills Lewis reconstructs her father’s early life and experience of the war, while exploring broader questions.

  • Eggshell Skull, Bri Lee (Allen & Unwin) A fierce and eloquent memoir of Lee’s journey through the Australian legal system; as a policeman’s daughter, law student, and finally as a judge's associate.

  • Call of The Reed Warbler, Charles Massy (The University of Queensland Press) This ground-breaking book will change the way we think of farming food as Charles Massy explores transformative and regenerative agriculture.

  • The Suitcase Baby, Tanya Bretherton (Hachette Australia) True history that is both shocking and too real, this unforgettable tale moves at the pace of a great crime novel.

The awards ceremony is a breakfast on November 22. :)

Bri Lee