The Nature Conservancy Australia Nature Writing Prize 2012-13

We have a winner! The biennial Nature Conservancy Australia Nature Writing Prize has been awarded to New South Wales author Stephen Wright for his essay “Bunyip,” which explores the culture and fate of Indigenous communities and early European settlers as they navigated the landscape of South East Queensland.

Wright’s essay emerged from a pool of four other short-listed finalists to take the prize, which was judged by Geordie Williamson—literary critic at The Australian—and Dr Janine Burke, a distinguished biographer, art historian and author. Wright takes the $5,000 prize—which was generously provided by the McLean Foundation—back to his home in Nimbin, where he pursues his passion for writing while also working as a manager in the area of violence prevention and as a counsellor for those who have experienced trauma and abuse.

 

Read Wright's award-winning "Bunyip!"

And congratulations once again to the other shortlisted authors:

      --Liam Davison — Map for a Vanished Landscape (excerpt only)

      --Dr Lindsay Simpson — Ying and Yang - The Weather Maketh the Writer

      --Margaret Barbalet — Flaneur in Canterbury

      --Tamsin Kerr — Today's lesson is brought to you by the letter B: Botany, Beverly, Bidwill and Bunya