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Deborah Cass Prize…and the winner is…

Janette Chen was the winner of the 2019 Deborah Cass Prize for her piece, Wall of Men. Janette is a Sydney based writer and I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for her future work. I was very happy to end up being one of two runners up, along with Belinda Paxton, another Sydney based writer.

You can read an account of the award night here. The guest speaker was the inimitable Maria Tumarkin whose speech took the form of ten ‘short talks’, inspired in part by Anne Carson’s book of the same title.

The award ceremony was followed by a dinner which was every reader/writer’s dream: plenty of good food and table chat almost exclusively focused on exciting books and ideas.

And last but not least I was fabulously dressed by my good friend Denise and her sister, Steph, otherwise known as the Imelda Marcos of Brunswick. It is a shame that I don’t have a photograph documenting the surprising result of the Cauchi sisters intevention in my personal appearance but believe me when I say no detail was overlooked – dress, shoes, jewellery, jacket, handbag, it was all attended to.

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