2003 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 2003.

Events[edit]

Major publications[edit]

Literary fiction[edit]

Children's and Young Adult fiction[edit]

Crime[edit]

Romance[edit]

  • Ally Blake – The Wedding Wish
  • Lucy Clark – Englishman at Dingo Creek
  • Barbara Hannay – A Wedding at Windaroo
  • Stephanie Laurens – A Gentleman's Honor
  • Di MorrisseyBarra Creek
  • Candice R. Proctor – Beyond Sunrise
  • Meredith Webber – Outback Encounter

Science Fiction and Fantasy[edit]

Drama[edit]

Poetry[edit]

Non-fiction[edit]

  • Fiona Capp – That Oceanic Feeling
  • Inga ClendinnenDancing with Strangers
  • Patricia Crawford and Ian Crawford – Contested Country: A History of the Northcliffe Area
  • David Hollinsworth – They Took the Children
  • Stuart Macintyre and Anna Clark – The History Wars
  • Peter RobbA Death in Brazil

Biographies[edit]

  • Graeme BlundellKing: The Life and Comedy of Graham Kennedy
  • Lorraine Day – Gordon of Dingley Dell: The Life of Adam Lindsay Gordon (1833–1870): Poet and Horseman
  • Edward DuykerCitizen Labillardiere: A Naturalist's Life in Revolution and Exploration (1755–1834)
  • Greg Growden – The Snowy Baker Story
  • Barry HillBroken Song: T.G.H. Strehlow and Aboriginal Possession
  • Tom KeneallyAbraham Lincoln
  • Jonathan King – Gallipoli: Our Last Man Standing : The Extraordinary Life of Alec Campbell
  • Gary Linell – Playing God: The Rise and Fall of Gary Ablett
  • Peter SingerPushing Time Away : My Grandfather and the Tragedy of Jewish Vienna
  • Nicholas Thomas – Discoveries: The Voyages of Captain Cook
  • Anne Whitehead – Bluestocking in Patagonia

Awards and honours[edit]

Note: these awards were presented in the year in question.

Lifetime achievement[edit]

Award Author
Christopher Brennan Award Philip Salom
Patrick White Award Janette Turner Hospital

Fiction[edit]

International[edit]

Award Category Author Title Publisher
Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best Novel, SE Asia and South Pacific region Sonya Hartnett Of a Boy Viking Books

National[edit]

Award Category Author Title Publisher
The Age Book of the Year Fiction Sonya Hartnett Of a Boy Viking Books
ALS Gold Medal Kate Jennings Moral Hazard Fourth Estate
The Australian/Vogel Literary Award Nicholas Angel Drown Them in the Sea Allen and Unwin
Ruth Balint Troubled Waters Allen and Unwin
Colin Roderick Award Tom Keneally The Tyrant's Novel Doubleday
Miles Franklin Award Alex Miller Journey to the Stone Country Allen & Unwin
New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Fiction Kate Jennings Moral Hazard Fourth Estate
Nita Kibble Literary Award Gail Jones Black Mirror Picador
Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Fiction Janette Turner Hospital Due Preparations For The Plague HarperCollins
Victorian Premier's Literary Award Fiction Brian Castro Shanghai Dancing Giramondo Publishing
Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Fiction Gail Jones Black Mirror Picador

Children and Young Adult[edit]

National[edit]

Award Category Author Title Publisher
Children's Book of the Year Award Older Readers Markus Zusak The Messenger Macmillan Publishers
Younger Readers Catherine Bateson Rain May and Captain Daniel University of Queensland Press
Picture Book Norman Jorgensen, illus. Brian Harrison-Lever In Flanders Fields Fremantle Arts Centre Press
Early Childhood Penny Matthews, illus. Andrew McLean A Year on Our Farm Omnibus Books
New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Children's Simon French Where in the World Little Hare Books
Young People's Markus Zusak The Messenger Macmillan Publishers
Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Children's Catherine Bateson Rain May and Captain Daniel University of Queensland Press
Young Adult David Metzenthen Boys of Blood and Bone Penguin Books
Victorian Premier's Literary Award Young Adult Fiction Margo Lanagan Black Juice Allen & Unwin
Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Writing for Young Adults Colin Bowles Nights in the Sun Penguin Books
Children's Mark Greenwood The Legend of Lasseter's Reef Cygnet Books

Crime and Mystery[edit]

National[edit]

Award Category Author Title Publisher
Davitt Award Novel Gabrielle Lord Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing Hodder Headline Australia
Alex Palmer Blood Redemption HarperCollins
Ned Kelly Award Novel Peter Temple White Dog Text Publishing
First novel Alex Palmer Blood Redemption HarperCollins

Science Fiction[edit]

Award Category Author Title Publisher
Aurealis Award Sf Novel Jonathan Blum and Kate Orman Fallen Gods Telos Publishing
Sf Short Story Brendan Duffy "Louder Echo" Agog! Terrific Tales
Fantasy Novel Garth Nix Abhorsen Allen and Unwin
Fantasy Short Story Lucy Sussex "La Sentinelle" Southern Blood: New Australian Tales of the Supernatural
Horror Novel Victor Kelleher Born of the Sea Viking Books
Horror Short Story Simon Brown "Love is a Stone" Gathering the Bones
Young Adult Novel Garth Nix Abhorsen Allen and Unwin
Carole Wilkinson Dragonkeeper Black Dog Books
Ditmar Award Novel Sean Williams and Shane Dix Echoes of Earth HarperCollins
Short Fiction Deborah Biancotti "King of All and The Metal Sentinel" Agog! Fantastic Fiction
Collected Work Cat Sparks ed. Agog! Fantastic Fiction Agog! Press

Non-Fiction[edit]

Award Category Author Title Publisher
The Age Book of the Year Non-Fiction Ann Galbally Charles Condor: The Last Bohemian Miegunyah Press
National Biography Award Peter Rose Rose Boys Allen & Unwin
Don Watson Recollections of a Bleeding Heart : a Portrait of Paul Keating PM Random House
New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Non-Fiction Mark McKenna Looking for Blackfellas' Point: An Australian History of Place University of New South Wales Press
New South Wales Premier's History Awards Australian History James Bowen and Margarita Bowen The Great Barrier Reef: History, Science,
Heritage
Cambridge University Press
Community and Regional History Erik Eklund Steel Town: The Making and Breaking of Port Kembla Melbourne University Press
General History David Garrioch The Making of Revolutionary Paris University of California Press
Young People's Alan Tucker My Story: The Bombing of Darwin, The Diary of Tom Taylor Scholastic Press
Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Non-fiction Margaret Simons Meeting of the Waters Hachette Australia
History Richard Bosworth Mussolini Oxford University Press
Victorian Premier's Literary Award Non-fiction Graeme Davison Car Wars: How the Car Won Our Hearts and Conquered Our Cities Allen & Unwin

Poetry[edit]

Award Author Title Publisher
The Age Book of the Year Laurie Duggan Mangroves University of Queensland Press
Grace Leven Prize for Poetry Stephen Edgar Lost in the Foreground Duffy & Snellgrove
New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Jill Jones Screens Jets Heaven: New and Selected Poems Salt Publishing
Victorian Premier's Literary Award Emma Lew Anything the Landlord Touches Giramondo Publishing

Drama[edit]

Award Author Title Publisher
Patrick White Playwrights' Award David Milroy and Ningali Lawford Windmill Baby Currency Press

Deaths[edit]

  • 16 March – Susan McGowan, poet (born 1907)
  • 18 March – Julie Lewis, short story writer (born 1925)
  • 30 March – Nick Enright, playwright and screenwriter (born 1950)
  • 2 April – Joan Phipson, writer for children and young adults (born 1912)
  • 20 April – Bill Wannan, editor (born 1915)
  • 1 May – Stephen Estaban Kelen, dramatist (born 1912)
  • 28 June – C.B. Christesen, poet and founding editor of Meanjin (born 1911)
  • 23 November – Hesba Brinsmead, writer for children (born 1922)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Note: all references relating to awards can, or should be, found on the relevant award's page.