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October 24, 2007

Walkley Non-Fiction Book Award Long-List Finalists Announced 24th October 2007

The Walkley Foundation and the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance has announced the long-list finalists for the Walkley Non-Fiction Book Award. The Walkleys are Australia’s most prestigious media accolades across print, radio, television and photography, as well as publishing.

The Walkley Award for Best Non-Fiction Book celebrates excellence in non-fiction literature and long-form journalism. This year, entries from across the nation increased 36% to 75 books, a testament to the growing contribution Australian authors and journalists are making to the genre. Subject matter ranged from true crime and war reporting to biographies and investigative journalism.

The literary community gathered at the event in Sydney hosted by the Daily Telegraph’s chief political reporter, Malcolm Farr and featuring guest speaker, Helen O’Neill who was a finalist for last year’s Walkley Non-Fiction book award for her biography Florence Broadhurst – Her Secret and Extraordinary Lives.

It was also announced that for the first time in the Award’s three-year history, the winner of the Walkley Award for Best Non-Fiction Book will receive the opportunity to attend the prestigious three day Nieman Narrative Conference at Harvard University, Boston next March. This has been possible through the support of the award sponsor, Copyright Agency Limited (CAL).

CAL chair Brian Johns says attendance at the Conference will provide the winner with a unique professional development opportunity to hone their already exceptional skills. “This conference recognises that the ability to deliver well-written narrative remains vital to traditional journalism in the digital era,” he said.

The 2007 Walkley Non-Fiction Book Award Long List finalists (in alpha order) are:

Les Carlyon The Great War (Pan Macmillan Australia)
Paul Cleary Shakedown (Allen & Unwin)
Clive Hamilton Scorcher (Black Inc)
Tanya Levin People in Glass Houses (Black Inc)
Caroline Overington Kickback (Allen & Unwin)
Chris Masters Jonestown (Allen & Unwin)
Kirsty Needham Season In Red (Allen & Unwin)
Leigh Sales Detainee 002 (Melbourne University Press)
Sally Sara Gogo Mama (Pan Macmillan Australia)
Hedley Thomas Sick to Death (Allen & Unwin)

The 2007 panel of judges were: John Birmingham, author and freelance writer; Gail Cork, manager, fuel4arts.com; Malcolm Farr (chair), national political editor, Daily Telegraph; Jeremy Fisher, executive director, Australian Society of Authors; Chloe Hooper, writer; Malcolm Knox, senior writer, Sydney Morning Herald; Dr Carmen Lawrence, federal member for Fremantle; Sandy McCutcheon, writer; Paola Totaro, Saturday editor, Sydney Morning Herald and Christine Wallace, The Weekend Australian.

A shortlist of three nominees will be announced on November 12. The winner will be announced at the Walkley Awards Gala Ceremony on Thursday November 29 at the Royal Hall of Industries in Sydney which will be televised on SBS. A full list of Walkley finalists and judges is available at www.walkleys.com

For further information about the Walkley Awards please contact The Walkley Foundation


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