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Barbara Jefferis was a feminist, a founding member of the ASA, its first woman President and, in the words of Thomas Keneally, "a rare being among authors, being both a fine writer but also organisationally gifted.
She was a professional and internationally published writer long before most of us dreamed of such things."The Award is paid from the Barbara Jefferis Literary Fund, which has been established as a result of a bequest from Barbara Jefferis’s husband, ABC film critic John Hinde, who died in 2006. Past winners of the award include Peggy Frew (Hope Farm, 2016), Margo Lanagan (Sea Hearts, 2014), Fiona Mc Farlane (The Night Guest, 2014), Anna Funder (All That I Am, 2012), G. Osborne (Come Inside, 2011), Kristina Olsson (The China Garden, 2010), Helen Garner (The Spare Room, 2009) and Rhyll Mc Master (Feather Man, 2008).
In addition, ,000 is distributed among the shortlist.
Barbara Jefferis was a feminist, and the judges imagine that she would have loved this book.
The Barbara Jefferis Award celebrates women in literature and is awarded biennially for “the best novel written by an Australian author that depicts women and girls in a positive way or otherwise empowers the status of women and girls in society.”The Award is named for highly regarded author Barbara Jefferis, a founding member and executive director of the Australian Society of Authors (ASA).
The winner of the Award receives a prize of ,000.
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