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TINA KANE EMERGENT WRITERS AWARD



The Tina Kane Emergent Writer Award honors Tina Kane, who had been for twenty years—as a 2014 citation of her noted—‘a presence to rely on, engaging with writers, locals and visitors, making them feel welcome in the space she creates around herself, which is one of curiosity, intimacy and genuine good will.’
 
Tina was particularly welcoming to young and newly emergent writers, who often expressed their gratitude for her personal warmth and attention.  Hers is a tradition the Mildura Writers Festival intends to mark and continue with this annual award. The winners are:

2016 Emily Bitto

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Recipient of the inaugural Tina Kane Emergent Writer Award, Emily Bitto with judge, Paul Kane who said of the decision.

Emily Bitto was selected as the inaugural recipient because her first novel, The Strays, which won the 2015 Stella Prize, embodied the high quality of writing, the originality, and the deep engagement with the lives of women that Tina Kane always looked for and valued in contemporary literature.  As the Stella Prize committee put it, ‘The Strays is like a gemstone: polished and multifaceted, reflecting illuminations back to the reader and holding rich colour in its depths.’
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