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The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards were announced tonight, with $295,000 presented across 12 prize categories.
For only the second time in the Awards' history, one book has taken out three awards - Tara June Winch's extraordinary novel The Yield (Penguin Random House) has won the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, Book of the Year and the People’s Choice Award.
According to the judges: "The Yield is a ground-breaking and wholly original work of fiction by one of our most exciting contemporary writers."
Furthermore, "The Yield makes a powerful argument about the urgency of revitalising Indigenous language. It shows how stories, whether personal or national, can be embedded in a single word and how much we risk losing when we don’t know what those words are any more. It shows how language is a lens through which we can understand the story of a people and culture dispossessed while simultaneously celebrating what can and does endure."
In her acceptance speech, recorded from her base in France, Tara thanked "Elders and linguists for saving and preserving the Wiradjuri language, which is central to this novel of eternal love, history and how the mother tongue can be taken and used in the spiritual subjugation of a people."