Mark & Evette Moran Nib Literary Award


The Mark & Evette Moran Nib Literary Award is Waverley Council’s national literary award, presented for excellence in research in the creation of a literary work.

Waverley Council has announced the winners of the Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Award for 2017 at a breakfast ceremony on Thursday 23 November.

Winner of the $20,000 Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Award: Kate Cole Adams, Anaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness. (Text publishing)

Winner of the $3,000 Nib Military History Prize: David Dufty, The Secret Code-Breakers of Central Bureau; how Australia’s signals-intelligence network helped win the Pacific War. (Scribe Publishing)

Winner of the $1,000 Nib People's Choice Prize: Ashleigh Wilson, Brett Whiteley: Life, Death and the Other Thing.  (Text Publishing)

Cole-Adams is also the recipient of the Alex Buzo shortlist prize and along with five other authors who each received a $1,000 prize. The other Alex Buzo shortlist winners include:

  • Richard Fidler, Ghost Empire (Harper Collins)
  • Bruce Munday, Those Wild Rabbits: How they shaped Australia (Wakefield Press)
  • Madeleine O’Dea, The Phoenix Years: Art, resistance and the making of modern China (Allen and Unwin)
  • Sebastian Smee , The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art (Text Publishing)
  • Ashleigh Wilson, Brett Whiteley: Art, Life and the Other Thing (Text Publishing)

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