Western Australian Premier's Book Awards

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The Western Australian Premier's Book Awards (PBA) is an award for books, scripts, digital narrative and a People's Choice. Awards are provided by the Government of Western Australia, and the awards process is managed by the State Library of Western Australia. Awards are given in fiction, poetry, non-fiction, Western Australian History, children's book, writing for Young Adults, scripts and digital narrative. An overall winner is awarded the Premier's Prize.

The title of the award refers to the year of publication, rather than the year in which the awards were announced. So, the 2011 awards were announced in 2012, for works published in 2011.

The Award includes prize amounts as follows: $15,000 for Fiction, Non-fiction and Children's Books. $10,000 for Young Adults, WA History, Poetry and Scripts. $5,000 for People's Choice and Digital Narrative. The Premier's Prize carries prize money of $25,000.

In 2015, the state government downgraded the awards from an annual event to biannual, to the disappointment of the WA arts sector.[1]

2014 winners[edit]

The 2014 winners were announced on 22 September 2014.[2] The overall winner was Richard Flanagan's The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

2012 winners[edit]

The 2012 winners were announced on 16 September 2013.[3] The overall winner was Michelle de Kretser's Questions of Travel.

  • Fiction: Michelle de Kretser, Questions of Travel
  • People's Choice: Deborah Forster, The Meaning of Grace
  • Poetry: Robert Gray, Cumulus
  • Non-fiction: Roger Averill, Exile: The Lives and Hopes of Werner Pelz
  • Western Australian History: Aboriginal Studies Press, Kurlumarniny: We come from the Desert
  • Children's book:(tie) Stephen Herrick, Pookie Aleera Is Not My Boyfriend & Peter Macinnis, Australian Backyard Naturalist
  • Writing for Young Adults: Margo Lanagan, Sea Hearts
  • Script: Ingle Knight, The Fremantle Candidate
  • Digital Narrative: David P Reiter, My Planets Reunion Memoir

2011 winners[edit]

The 2011 winners were announced on 17 September 2012.[4] The overall winner was Fiona Skyring's Justice: A History of the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia (ISBN 978-1921401633)

2010 winners[edit]

The 2010 winners were announced on 30 September 2011.[5] The overall winner was Kim Scott's That Deadman Dance

2009 winners[edit]

The 2008 & 2009 winners were announced September 2010.[6] The overall winner was Shirley Barrett's South Solitary.

2008 winners[edit]

The 2008 & 2009 winners were announced September 2010.[6] The overall winner was Chloe Hooper's The Tall Man.

2007 winners[edit]

The winners were announced in 2008.[7] The overall winner was Liz Lofthouse and Robert Ingpen's Ziba Came on a Boat.

2006 winners[edit]

The overall winner was Shaun Tan's The Arrival.

2005 winners[edit]

The overall winner was Davenport etc.. Cleared Out: First Contact in the Western Desert

2004 winners[edit]

The overall winner was Gail Jones' Sixty Lights

2003 winners[edit]

The overall winner was Reg Cribb's Last Cab to Darwin

2002 winners[edit]

The overall winner was Richard Bosworth's Mussolini

2001 winners[edit]

The overall winner was Tim Winton's Dirt Music

2000 winners[edit]

The overall winner was Michèle Drouart's Into the Wadi

  • Fiction: Simone Lazaroo The Australian Fiancé (Pan Macmillan)
  • Poetry: Mark Reid Parochial (Fremantle Arts Centre)
  • Non-fiction:
  • Children's book: Kirsty Murray Zarconi's Magic Flying Fish (Allen & Unwin)
  • Writing for Young Adults: Anthony Eaton The Darkness (University of Queensland)

1999 winners[edit]

The overall winner was Kim Scott's Benang: From the Heart

1998 winners[edit]

John Kinsella The Hunt (Fremantle Arts Centre)
Fay Zwicky The Gatekeeper's Wife (Brandl & Schlesinger)

1997 winners[edit]

  • Overall: (joint winners)
Robert Drewe The Drowner (Pan Macmillan Australia)
Gail Jones Fetish Lives (Fremantle Arts Centre Press)
  • Fiction: (joint winners)
Robert Drewe The Drowner (Pan Macmillan Australia)
Gail Jones Fetish Lives (Fremantle Arts Centre Press)
  • Poetry: Alec Choate The Wheels of Hama: Collected War Poems (Victor Publishing)
  • Historical & Critical Studies: Phillip Playford Carpet of Silver: the Wreck of the Zuytdorp (University of WA Press)
  • Children & Young Adult's Books: Deborah Lisson A Place of Safety (Mammoth (Reed Books))
  • Special Award: Songs of Strength: Sixteen Women Talk About Cancer (Women's Cancer Group (Macmillan))
  • Script Award: Dickon Oxenburgh and Andrew Ross Merry-Go-Round-In -the Sea (Black Swan Theatre)

1996 winners[edit]

Heather Grace The Lighthouse Spark (Fremantle Arts Centre)
Dave Warner City of Light (Fremantle Arts Centre)
  • Poetry: Dorothy Hewett Collected Poems (Fremantle Arts Centre)
  • Historical & Critical Studies: Banjo Woorunmurra and Howard Pedersen Jandamarra and the Bunuba Resistance (Magabala Books)
  • Children & Young Adult's Books: Helen Bell Idjhil (University of Western Australia Press)
  • Special Award: Mike Leonard The Kimberley - A journey through Northwest Australia (CIS Cardigan Street Publishers)
  • Script Award: Sarah Rossetti Culture Clash (Rosenbaum Whitbread)

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