Monthly Archives: March 2018

THE BOOK OF DIRT SHORTLISTED FOR THE CHRISTINA STEAD PRIZE IN THE NSW PREMIER’S LITERARY AWARDS

Absolutely thrilled to let you know that The Book of Dirt has been shortlisted for the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. And what an honour it is to be sitting alongside incredibly distinguished writers I love and admire. The full shortlist is:

Common People by Tony Birch (University of Queensland Press)
Seabirds Crying in the Harbour Dark by Catherine Cole (UWA Publishing)
Pulse Points: Stories by Jennifer Down (Text Publishing)
The Book of Dirt by Bram Presser (Text Publishing)
The Restorer by Michael Sala (Text Publishing)
Taboo by Kim Scott (Picador)

You can read the NSWPLA press release here and see the judge’s full citation for The Book of Dirt here.

The shortlisting rounds out a couple of fantastic weeks, with great events at Dymocks Camberwell Book Club and The Wheeler Centre.


Yours truly with Jodi McAlister and Heather Morris at the Dymocks Camberwell Book Club.


The Wheeler Centre Next Big Thing (Imagined Biographies) with Marija Peričić, Kelly Gardiner, some random guy, Joey Bui and Stella Charls.