2010 in Australian literature

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List of years in literature (table)

This article presents a list of the historical events and publications of Australian literature during 2010.

Events[edit]

Major publications[edit]

Literary fiction[edit]

Children's and Young Adult fiction[edit]

Science Fiction and Fantasy[edit]

Crime and Mystery[edit]

Poetry[edit]

Biography[edit]

  • Blanche d'AlpugetHawke: The Prime Minister
  • Jeff Apter – Together Alone: The Story of the Finn Brothers
  • Jim Davidson – A Three Cornered Life: The Historian W.K. Hancock
  • Malcolm Fraser & Margaret SimonsMalcolm Fraser: The Political Memoirs
  • Rob Mundle – Bligh: Master Mariner
  • Anne Pender – One Man Show: The Stages of Barry Humphries
  • Mark Logue & Peter Conradi – The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy

Awards and honours[edit]

Lifetime achievement[edit]

Award Author
Christopher Brennan Award Peter Steele
Patrick White Award David Foster

Fiction[edit]

International[edit]

Award Region Category Author Title Publisher
Commonwealth Writers' Prize SE Asia and South Pacific Best First Book Glenda Guest Siddon Rock Vintage Australia

National[edit]

Award Category Author Title Publisher
The Age Book of the Year Fiction Alex Miller Lovesong Allen & Unwin
ALS Gold Medal David Malouf Ransom Knopf Australia
Barbara Jefferis Award Kristina Olsson The China Garden University of Queensland Press
Miles Franklin Award Peter Temple Truth Text Publishing
Nita Kibble Literary Award Shirley Walker The Ghost at the Wedding Viking
Prime Minister's Literary Awards Fiction Eva Hornung Dog Boy Text Publishing
New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Fiction J.M. Coetzee Summertime Harvill Secker
Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Fiction J.M. Coetzee Summertime Harvill Secker
South Australian Premier's Awards Fiction David Malouf Ransom Knopf Australia
Victorian Premier's Literary Award Fiction Peter Temple Truth Text Publishing
Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Fiction Kim Scott That Deadman Dance Picador

Children and Young Adult[edit]

National[edit]

Award Category Author Title Publisher
Children's Book of the Year Award Older Readers David Metzenthen Jarvis 24 Penguin Group
Younger Readers Odo Hirsch Darius Bell and the Glitter Pond Allen & Unwin
Picture Book Gregory Rogers The Hero of Little Street Allen & Unwin
Early Childhood Lisa Shanahan, illus. Emma Quay Bear & Chook By the Sea Lothian
Davitt Award Young Adult Novel Justine Larbalestier Liar Allen & Unwin
New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Children's Allan Baillie Krakatoa Lighthouse Penguin Books Australia
Young People's Pamela Rushby When the Hipchicks Went to War Hachette
Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Children's Sally Murphy Toppling Walker Books
Young Adult Richard Yaxley Drink the Air Richard Yaxley
South Australian Premier's Awards Children's Shaun Tan Tales from Outer Suburbia Allen and Unwin
Victorian Premier's Literary Award Young Adult Fiction Kirsty Eagar Raw Blue Penguin Group
Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Children's Sally Murphy Toppling Walker Books
Writing for Young Adults Scott Gardner Happy as Larry Allen and Unwin
James Roy Anonymity Jones Woolshed Press

Crime and Mystery[edit]

National[edit]

Award Category Author Title Publisher
Davitt Award Novel Marianne Delacourt Sharp Shooter Arena
Ned Kelly Award Novel Garry Disher Wyatt Text Publishing
First novel Mark Dapin King of the Cross Pan Macmillan

Science Fiction[edit]

Award Category Author Title Publisher
Aurealis Award SF Novel Marianne de Pierres Transformation Space Orbit Books
SF Short Story K.J. Bishop "The House of a Mouse" Subterrannean Online
Fantasy Novel Tansy Rayner Roberts Power and Majesty HarperVoyager
Fantasy Short Story Thoraiya Dyer "Yowie" Twelfth Planet Press (Sprawl)
L.L. Hannett and Angela Slatter "The February Dragon" Ticonderoga Publications (Scary Kisses)
Horror Novel Kirstyn McDermott Madigan Mine Pan Macmillan
Horror Short Story Richard Harland "The Fear" Brimstone Press (Macabre: A Journey Through Australia's Darkest Fears)
Australian Shadows Award Long Fiction Bob Franklin Under Stones Affirm Press
Edited Publication Angela Challis & Marty Young Macabre: A Journey through Australia's Darkest Fears Brimstone Press
Short Fiction Kirstyn McDermott "She Said" Scenes from the Second Storey, Morrigan Books
Ditmar Award Novel Kaaron Warren Slights Angry Robot Books
Novella/Novelette Paul Haines "Wives" X6 (Coeur de Lion)
Short Story Cat Sparks "Seventeen" Masques (CSFG)
Collected Work Geoffrey Maloney ed. Slice of Life,Paul Haines The Mayne Press

Non-Fiction[edit]

Award Category Author Title Publisher
The Age Book of the Year Non-fiction Kate Howarth Ten Hail Marys Penguin Books
Children's Book of the Year Award Eve Pownall Award for Information Books Peter Macinnis Australian Backyard Explorer National Library of Australia
Davitt Award True crime Ellen Connolly and Candace Sutton Lady Killer Allen & Unwin
National Biography Award Brian Matthews Manning Clark: A Life Allen & Unwin
Prime Minister's Literary Awards Non-fiction Grace Karskens The Colony: A History of Early Sydney Allen & Unwin
New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Non-fiction Paul McGeough Kill Khalid: Mossad's failed hit ... and the rise of Hamas Allen & Unwin
New South Wales Premier's History Awards Australian History Bain Attwood Possession: Batman's Treaty and the Matter of History Melbourne University Publishing
Community and Regional History Pauline Curby Randwick Randwick Municipal Council
General History Lisa Ford Settler Sovereignty: Jurisdiction and Indigenous People in America and Australia, 1788-1836 Harvard University Press
Young People's Jackie French The Night They Stormed Eureka HarperCollins
Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Non-fiction Mark Tredinnick The Blue Plateau: A Landscape Memoir UQP
History Ian Hoskins Sydney Harbour: A history, NewSouth Books
South Australian Premier's Awards Non-fiction Jill Roe Stella Miles Franklin Fourth Estate/HarperCollins
Victorian Premier's Literary Award Non-fiction Brenda Walker Reading by Moonlight: How Books Saved a Life Penguin Books
Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Non-fiction Jim Davidson The Historian: W K Hancock University of New South Wales Press
Western Australian history Susanna Iuliano Vite Italiane, Italian Lives in Western Australia University of Western Australia Press

Poetry[edit]

Award Author Title Publisher
The Age Book of the Year Jennifer Maiden Pirate Rain Giramondo Publishing
Mary Gilmore Prize Joanna Preston The Summer King Otago University Press
New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Jordie Albiston the sonnet according to 'm' John Leonard Press
Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Peter Boyle Apocrypha Vagabond Press
Victorian Premier's Literary Award Anna Kerdijk Nicholson Possession Five Islands Press
Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Mark Tredinnick Fire Diary Puncher and Wattmann

Drama[edit]

Award Category Author Title Publisher
New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Script Jane Campion Bright Star BBC Films; Screen Australia; UK Film Council; New South Wales Film and Television Office
Aviva Ziegler Fairweather Man Fury Productions
Patrick White Playwrights' Award Award Melissa Bubnic Beached Currency Press
Fellowship Raimondo Cortese

Deaths[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]