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Three UNSW-affiliated writers have been shortlisted in the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards across both fiction and non-fiction categories.

Stephanie Bishop, a creative writing lecturer in the School of the Arts and Media, was nominated for her award-winning novel The Other Side of the World, which recently won the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction.


Drusilla Modjeska. Photo: Antonia Hayes

Recent UNSW doctoral graduate Charlotte Wood is also in the running for the Premier’s prize for fiction for The Natural Way of Things, her fifth novel.

Wood has been described as one of Australia’s most original and provocative writers, winning the 2013 People’s Choice Medal at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards with Animal People, which was shortlisted for the Christina Stead prize and longlisted for the Miles Franklin.

Drusilla Modjeska, who graduated with a PhD in history from UNSW, has been nominated in the non-fiction category for her biographical work Second Half First.

The full list of nominees can be viewed online at the Wheeler Centre.

Winners, including a publicly voted People’s Choice Award, will be announced on 28 January.