Miles Franklin had first-hand experience of the struggle to make a living as a writer and was herself the beneficiary of two literary prizes. She was also extremely conscious of the importance of fostering a uniquely Australian literature. She wrote, "Without an indigenous literature, people can remain alien in their own soil."
Accordingly, the Award is presented each year to a novel which is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases. The Miles Franklin was first awarded in 1957. Since then, the annual announcement of the winner has become an event anticipated and discussed throughout Australia and around the world.
The long list has already been released, with the short list due to be announced in Sydney on 30 April and the winner will be announced in Canberra on 19 June. This is always a much-awaited announcement and over the years it has honoured our greatest writers and literature.
Michelle de Kretser for Questions of Travel
Michelle de Kretser was born in Sri Lanka and emigrated to Australia when she was 14.
A mesmerising literary novel, Questions of Travel charts two very different lives. Laura travels the world before returning to Sydney, where she works for a publisher of travel guides. Ravi dreams of being a tourist until he is driven from Sri Lanka by devastating events.
Congratulations to Michelle from everyone at Turn the Page Bookshop.