Linda Morris

Linda Morris is an arts and books writer for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Maxine Beneba Clarke (pictured) with illustrator Van T Rudd received two nods for The Patchwork Bike.

Surprise shortlist picks in children's book awards

Two self-published books - including a unique album of typographical art in which every image is made with letters that spell its very name - have cracked the shortlist for information books in the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards.

First-time success: Jane Harper's <i>The Dry</i> has exceeded all expectations.

'Gone Girl' of Australian crime fiction gets award nod

Jane Harper's initial hopes for The Dry, a page-turning murder-mystery set in drought-stricken rural Australia, were modest enough. Firstly, it was to finish the manuscript she had started, then it was to get published and onto book shelves.

Poet Ali Cobby Eckermann has won a life-changing literary prize.

Poet receives telephone call of a lifetime

It's described as a telephone call of a lifetime: that moment when an unsuspecting writer receives the ground-shaking news that they have won one of the world's richest prizes for literature.