Victorian Premier's Literary Awards

17 Oct 2012

2012 winners announced


The Victorian Premier's Literary awards were presented at Melbourne's Regent Theatre last night, with the major prize, the Victorian Prize for Literature, going to Bill Gammage for his novel The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia.

In the Drama category, Lally Katz received a nod for her script, A Golem Story, which premiered at the Malthouse Theatre in 2011.


A Golem Story

Lally Katz


Set in fear-ravaged Prague in the sixteenth century, a rabbi creates an avenging golem (a mystical Jewish creature) out of clay, after an emperor declares a purging of the ghetto. But when the golem begins killing indiscriminately, he must contain what he has created.

The story carries resonance well beyond its setting, raising questions about appropriate responses to violence – and what we do about the monsters we create to defend ourselves (like nuclear weapons).


In a big night for playwrights, Aiden Fennessy was also awarded the People's Choice Award National Interest, a co-production from Black Swan State Theatre and Melbourne Theatre Company that premiered in May this year.


National Interest

Aiden Fennessy


Aidan Fennessy’s cousin, Tony Stewart, died in the East Timorese town of Balibo in 1975, alongside two reporters and two cameramen. He was one of the Balibo Five, the journalists whose murders have become nationally infamous as casualties of the war in East Timor – and of a ruthless Indonesian government.

The main characters are Tony Stewart’s mother and her daughter, as they each deal with his loss (and the government’s obfuscation of the truth) in their own way. The political element – the story of the Balibo Five and the role and response of the Australian and Indonesian governments – is told in such a way that it lets in those unfamiliar with events, as well as audiences who know the story well.


Congratulations Lally and Aiden!

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