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Be among the first to hear from some of the winners of the 2024 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, in conversation with Senior Judge Bernadette Brennan.

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Gallery Room, Ground Floor, Mitchell Building

1 Shakespeare Place
Sydney NSW 2000
+61 2 9273 1414

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Be among the first to hear from some of the winners of the 2024 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, in a discussion covering the impact that awards can have on a writer’s career. Ali Cobby Eckermann (She is the Earth), Helena Fox (The Quiet and the Loud) and Christine Keneally (Ghosts of the Orphanage) will be in conversation with Senior Judge Bernadette Brennan.

Selected from over 800 nominees, this year’s winners reflect the best in new Australian literature across a variety of genres.


Bernadette Brennan is a critic and researcher of contemporary Australian writing. She is the author of a number of publications, including a monograph on Brian Castro and two edited collections: Just Words?: Australian Authors Writing for Justice (UQP), and Ethical Investigations: Essays on Australian Literature and Poetics (Vagabond). In 2017 she published her award-winning literary biography A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work (Text). Her most recent book, Leaping Into Waterfalls: The Enigmatic Gillian Mears (A&U), was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Douglas Stewart award and won the Magarey Medal for Biography and the National Biography Award.

Ali Cobby Eckermann is a Yankunytjatjara poet and artist from South Australia whose work has been published and celebrated around the world. Her poetry collections include little bit long time and the award-winning collection Inside My Mother. Her verse novels are His Father’s Eyes and Ruby Moonlight, which won the inaugural black&write! Indigenous fellowship, the Kenneth Slessor Prize, a Deadly Award and was named the NSW Premier’s Literary Award Book of the Year. In 2013 Ali toured Ireland as Australia’s Poetry Ambassador, and in 2017 she received the Windham-Campbell Prize from Yale University. Her latest collection She is the Earth won the Book of the Year and the Indigenous Writers’ Prize within the 2024 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. She describes herself as a dreamer, a gardener, with deep respect for her journey thus far.

Helena Fox lives in the seaside city of Wollongong, Australia, with her endlessly creative and kind family. She mentors and runs writing workshops for young people, and is a graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College in the U.S. Helena has travelled and lived all around the world, but of all her adventures, working with young people and helping them find and express their voice has brought her the greatest joy. How It Feels to Float was her acclaimed, award-winning debut novel. Her new novel The Quiet and the Loud won the Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature within the 2024 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. 

Christine Kenneally is an award-winning Australian journalist and author who has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Slate, Time, and other publications. Her BuzzFeed story about crimes committed at St. Joseph's Orphanage was viewed more than six million times in six months. It won a Deadline Award and was a finalist for a National Magazine Award, a Michael Kelly Award and an Online Journalism Award. It was shortlisted for the Fetisov Prize. Her book, The Invisible History of the Human Race was a New York Times Notable Book of 2014, shortlisted for the Stella Prize and the Queensland Premier's Literary Award. Kenneally has lived in New York, Iowa, and England, where she earned a Ph.D. in linguistics from Cambridge University. She lives in Melbourne. Her most recent book Ghosts of the Orphanage won the Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction within the 2024 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.