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He has been a regular panellist and session coordinator at national literary festivals, is currently a judge for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and has been on judging panels for The Australian /Vogel's Award, the NSW Premiers Award and the ABC Fiction Award. The Miles Franklin Literary Award turned 60 in 2017.Some of Australia’s best writers have been featured over the years, with strong indigenous themes and cultural insights that challenge and celebrate Australian life.The Prime Minister of Australia keeps telling Antonio that ‘we will decide who comes to this country and the circumstances in which they come’.Antonio’s not sure he wants to think about all the things that led him to get on a boat and come to Australia in the first place. Read an extract JUDGES’ COMMENTS: This novel brings to life an Italo-Australian migrant family living in Parramatta, that historic town at the border of Sydney’s western suburbs, on the river ‘where salt water met fresh and the boats could go no further’.
Ash makes strategic use of his childhood in Sri Lanka but blots out the memory of a tragedy from that time.With her characteristic wit and style Michelle de Kretser dissects the way Australians see ourselves, and reflects on the ways other parts of the world see us.BIOGRAPHY: Felicity Castagna won the 2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction for her previous novel, The Incredible Here and Now, which was shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia and NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, and adapted for the stage by the National Theatre of Parramatta.The Miles Franklin Literary Award was established in 1957 through the will of writer Stella Miles Franklin.The bequest came as a surprise to the literary world as Franklin had told nobody – save her trustees – of her plans.