Tara June Winch
|Tara June Winch|
Tara June Winch (born 1983) is an Australian writer of Aboriginal and European descent. Her first novel, Swallow the Air (2006), won several major Australian literary awards.
Her first novel, Swallow the Air (2006), won several awards. The judges for the Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelists award wrote that the book "is distinguished by its natural grace and vivid language" and that "As with many first books it deals with issues of family, growing up and stepping into the world. But it strives to connect these experiences to broader social issues, though never in a didactic fashion".
Awards and nominations
- 2003: State Library of Queensland Young Writers Award, Runner up and Maureen Donahoe Encouragement award
- 2004: Queensland Premier's Literary Awards, David Unaipon Award for unpublished indigenous writers
- 2006: Victorian Premier's Literary Award for indigenous writing
- 2007: Dobbie Award
- 2007: New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, UTS Award for New Writing
- 2007: The Sydney Morning Herald, Best Young Australian Novelists Award 
- 2007: Queensland Premier's Literary Awards: Shortlisted
- 2007: The Age Book of the Year: Shortlisted
- 2008: winner of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. Wole Soyinka was her mentor for this event.
- 2008: nominated for the Deadly Sounds Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music, Sport, Entertainment and Community Awards — Outstanding Achievement in Literature.
- 2009: shortlisted — InStyle – Woman of Style award
- 2016: shortlisted Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize For "The Last Class"
- Swallow the Air (University of Queensland Press, 2006 ISBN 0-7022-3521-0)
- After the Carnage (University of Queensland Press, 2016 ISBN 0-7022-5414-2)
- Tara June Winch at University of Queensland Press
- Wyndham, Susan (2007) "A fairytale beginning," The Sydney Morning Herald, Arts and Entertainment Section, 2–3 June 2007, p. 9
- State Library of Queensland Young Writers Award, Runner up and Maureen Donahoe Encouragement award. Slq.qld.gov.au. Retrieved on 2011-11-06.
- Moran, Jennifer (2008) "Indigenous writer makes shortlist for coveted prize", The Canberra Times, 2008-04-11, p. 5