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Patricia Cornelius wins Mona Brand Award

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

One of Australia’s most uncompromising playwrights has won the 2018 Mona  Brand Award for Women Stage and Screen Writers, the State Library of NSW  announced TONIGHT [30 October 2018].  

Patricia Cornelius, prolific playwright, screenwriter, poet and novelist, was awarded the $30,000 Mona Brand Award for her extensive body of work comprising over 30 plays since the early 1980s. Her recent work includes an adaptation of The House of Bernarda Alba which was performed earlier this year with the Melbourne Theatre Company.

The judges were unanimous in selecting Ms Cornelius as the second winner of the biennial Mona Brand Award, made possible from a generous bequest to the NSW State Library Foundation from the trailblazing Australian playwright Mona Brand (who also wrote under the name Alexis Fox).

Senior judge Kim Williams AM, co‐chair of the State Library of NSW Foundation, said: “Following 2016’s inaugural award to Joanna Murray Smith, the judges are pleased to shine a spotlight on another fine playwright — Patricia Cornelius.” “Patricia is not as widely recognised as her canon of work deserves,” said Mr Williams.

“Her work is distinctive, highly original, courageous, often confronting and always rewarding. Patricia Cornelius embodies the very spirit of Mona Brand herself. 

“We are delighted to see Patricia’s creativity in a consistent and substantial body  of work properly recognised with the 2018 Mona Brand Award.”  

The $10,000 Mona Brand Emerging Writer Award, initiated by the Foundation to recognise new talent, went to Lucy Knox for her critically acclaimed short film An  Act of Love. 

The judges also Highly Commended the emerging playwright Kendall Feaver for her play The Almighty Sometimes. 

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