Military book prize
The Australian War Memorial has established the $10,000 Les Carlyon Literary Prize, to be awarded biennially for an author's first book or major publication relating to Australian military history, Australian social military history, or war history. Entries are open to works of fiction and non-fiction published in 2018-20, and will close on June 30, 2020. Shortlisted finalists will be announced in October, with the winner to follow in November. For more information about the prize, see the Australian War Memorial website.
ACU Prize for Poetry
Entries are now open for the Australian Catholic University Prize for Poetry. The 2020 prize will be awarded for outstanding unpublished poetry with the theme Generosity, reflecting on Katerina Stoykova Klemer's supposition, "If truth doesn't set you free, generosity of spirit will". Entries close on July 6 and winners will be announced on September 22. Professor Chris Wallace-Crabbe will be the judge. First prize is $10,000; second prize is $5000; third prize is $3000. Australian residents are eligible to enter. The shortlisted, commended and winning poems will be announced on Tuesday, September 22. Inquiries can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information: artsandculture.acu.edu.au.
Online literary events
Canberra author Zoya Patel and Human Rights medalist Yen Eriksen have released a new six-part podcast, Margin Notes, sharing the stories of marginalised communities and exploring intersectional issues through the power of memoir. Margin Notes can be streamed through iTunes and Spotify, with new episodes released weekly.
July 2: An online Salon Canberra from noon features Pulitzer prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon with Australian comedian, writer, podcaster and performer Alice Fraser. Further details and a link to register are available on Eventbrite at: salon-canberra-creative-ideas-forum.eventbrite.com.au
Meet the author
Penguin Random House Australia has launched an online book club called The Huddle to connect readers with authors on Facebook. On Fridays from 3pm to 4pm a Facebook post will go up featuring the book of the week. Readers will be encouraged to comment on the post and discuss the book. The author will be ready and waiting to answer readers' comments and talk about their research. penguin.com.au/book-clubs/2604-the-huddle.
July 1: The Silk House: A Conversation with Kayte Nunn & Lauren Chater, will be live streamed via Zoom at 6.30pm. Free. More information and reservations at harryhartog.com.au.
July 8: The Safe Place: A Conversation with Anna Downes & JP Pomare, will be live streamed via Zoom at 6.30pm. Free. More information and reservations at harryhartog.com.au.
July 15:Loud & Proud: A Conversation with Tea Uglow & Maeve Marsden will be live streamed via Zoom at 6.30pm. Free. More information and reservations at harryhartog.com.au.
That Poetry Zoom
June 29: For this Mother Tongue night, Alexandra C. Steffan will share poetry in German and English. Djapu woman and 2018 Australian Poetry Slam Champion Melanie Mununggurr will perform in Dhuwal (a Yolngu Matha dialect) and English. Plus multilingual open mic. To sign up for the open mic and share a poem in a language other than English, email email@example.com Poets have four minutes to share their poem, plus any introduction or translation into English (mixed-language poetry is encouraged). All styles from traditional forms through to contemporary slam poetry are welcome. You can read your original poem, or a piece by someone else. Free entry by Zoom. Multilingual open mic.
July 6: Coral Carter has published two collections, Descended from Thieves (Mulla Mulla Press 2012) and Backyard Listening (Mulla Mulla Press 2019). She was inaugural writer in residence for the Northern Territory Writers Centre 2013. She reads most weeks at Perth Poetry Club. Free entry by Zoom. Open mic.
July 13: Stuart Barnes's first book, Glasshouses (UQP, 2016), won the Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize. He's working on his second poetry collection, Form & Function.
July 15: Former prime minister Julia Gillard co-authored Women and Leadership with development economist Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. In this virtual ANU/Canberra Times Meet the Author live event at 6pm, Gillard and former governor-general Quentin Bryce will discuss the book, sharing the experience and advice of some of our female leaders in their own words. It will be introduced and chaired by Vice-Chancellor and President of The Australian National University, Professor Professor Brian P. Schmidt. Signed copies by Julia Gillard of Women and Leadership will be available for sale at Harry Hartog bookshop, ANU. anu.edu.au/events/virtual-live-event-in-conversation-with-julia-gillard.
- Submissions for Lit Bits should be sent by Monday COB in the week of publication, with date in the subject line. Publication is not guaranteed. firstname.lastname@example.org.