Antigone Kefala wins Patrick White Award for contribution to Australian literature

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Minimalist poet, Antigone Kefala, has been announced as the winner of the 2022 Patrick White Literary Award for her contribution to Australian literature.

The award, presented by Perpetual, recognises Kefala’s achievements as a poet, and a writer of fiction and non-fiction.

“I am full of admiration for Patrick White, and for the encouragement he has given to Australian writers. I met him several times and liked him,” Kefala said on winning the award.

“I am very honoured to receive this prestigious award given in his name, and the recognition it offers, as for a long time my writing has existed outside the major lines of Australian literature.”

Kefala has written three works of fiction (The First JourneyThe Island and Alexia) and five poetry collections (The AlienThirsty WeatherEuropean NotebookAbsence: New and Selected Poems, and Fragments).

Fragments won the 2017 Judith Wright Calanthe Award and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Award for Poetry.

The Patrick White Literary Award was established by Nobel Prize-winning author Patrick White. For the past 48 years, it has been awarded to an author who has made an ongoing contribution to Australian literature but may not have received adequate recognition.

As part of the Patrick White Literary Award, Kefala will receive $15,000.

Source: Giramondo Publishing.

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