Congratulations to Canberran Kim Westwood who continues to notch up the honours for her most recent novel, The Courier's New Bicycle. Hot on the heels of last month's Aurealis Award for best science fiction novel, comes the 2012 Ditmar Award for best novel.

In other prize news:

Even the Dogs by Briton Jon McGregor has won the lucrative 2012 International Impac Dublin Literary Award. The 100,000 euro (more than $A126,000) prize is the largest prize for a single novel in English.

❏ Sri Lankan Shehan Karunatilaka's debut novel, Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew, has won the £10,000 ($A15,600) Commonwealth Book Prize.


❏ Melbourne writer Melanie Joosten has won the $15,000 Kathleen Mitchell Award for young writers for her debut novel Berlin Syndrome. The judges also highly commended Jessica Au's novel Cargo.


The wait for the winner of this year's Miles Franklin Literary Award will be over on Wednesday night. A reminder of the contenders: the multi-award-winning All That I Am, by Anna Funder; Frank Moorhouse's Cold Light, Gillian Mears's Foal's Bread; Tony Birch's Blood and Favel Parrett's Past the Shallows.


Thanks to all who entered The Canberra Times Text Classics giveaway. We'll be contacting the three winners and arranging to hand over the prizes.


Tomorrow: Sydney poet Lynn Hard joins Canberra's Geoff Page and musicians for a jazz/poetry collaboration. The Loft (upstairs at the Dickson Medical Centre, Corner Cowper and Antill Streets), 3-4.15 pm. Admission: $10. Bookings essential (seating limited): 6239 4027.

Monday: Father Frank Brennan launches historian Ann-Mari Jordens's Hope, a history of Australia's postwar refugee intake and settlement policies, at the National Library, 6pm. Book signing and refreshments to follow. See

Tuesday: Hear Harold White fellow Professor Satendra Nandan, ''Notes towards an Autobiography: Patrick White, Writing, Politics and the Fijian-Indian-Australian Experience'', at the National Library, Conference Room, 5.30pm. Bookings: 6262 1271 or

Wednesday: Dr Don Russell launches Alison Booth's novel, A Distant Land, National Library Bookshop, 6.30-8pm. Includes refreshments and book signing. RSVP: 6262 1424 or

Thursday: Kate's Kitchen: join other writers in a friendly and relaxed space, June 21-August 9, 10.30am-12.30pm. Kate's Kitchen is a place where writers gather and return to learn in a positive atmosphere. Contact Kathy Kituai on 6247 8124 or

Thursday: Ann-Mari Jordens speaks about her new book, Hope: Refugees and Their Supporters in Australia Since 1947, at Paperchain Bookstore, Manuka, 5.45pm. RSVP by Wednesday: 6295 6723 or

Thursday: An Evening with Shaun Tan. Includes a screening of The Lost Thing, book signing and refreshments. National Library theatre, 6-7.30pm. Cost: $35. Bookings essential: 6262 1271 or

Sunday, June 24: Winter Tales with Robyn Archer, Centenary of Canberra creative director. Followed by afternoon tea. National Library, Conference Room, 2-4pm. Admission: $15. Bookings: 6262 1971 or

Literary Editor: Gia Metherell. Submissions should arrive by noon on Wednesday to be considered for publication.