Mark & Evette Moran Nib Literary Award

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The wait is finally over and we’re thrilled to announce the winner of the 2023 Mark & Evette Moran Nib Literary Award!

Congratulations to Alison Bashford, author of An Intimate History of Evolution, which tonight won the major prize of $40,000.

This year’s People’s Choice Prize ($4,000) winner was Fiona McMillan-Webster, who received the highest number of votes from booklovers around the country for her work, The Age of Seeds.

This year’s judging panel included poet Jamie Grant, writer Katerina Cosgrove, and publisher Julia Carlomagno, who were given the difficult task of choosing a winner from a very high calibre group of authors.

Congratulations to all of the authors shortlisted for this year’s award. Each has won the Alex Buzo Shortlist Prize ($1,500):

  • Anam by André Dao
  • Emperors in Lilliput by Jim Davidson
  • Life So Full of Promise by Ross McMullin
  • Shirley Hazzard: A Writing Life by Brigitta Olubas
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Life so full of promisesA writing lifeThe age of seeds

Hear from this year's judges

To find out more about the finalists and their shortlisted books, check out the video below.

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The Mark & Evette Moran Nib Literary Award is presented annually by Waverley Council with generous support from Principal Sponsors Mark and Evette Moran, and community partner Gertrude and Alice Bookshop and Café.

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