A. A. Phillips Award granted to Dennis Haskell and Delys Bird
On February 17 and 18, 2011, the Westerly Centre and The Association Study for Australian Literature (ASAL) co-hosted a Symposium, Creative Writing and its Contexts. This event, held at UWA, was organised to mark the pending retirement of Professor Dennis Haskell and over 100 people attended.
ASAL used this occasion to present Dennis Haskell and Delys Bird - longstanding members of ASAL - with the A.A. Phillips Award. The Award is given on an occasional basis on the recommendation of the ASAL Executive for ‘an outstanding contribution to Australian literature or literary studies'. It was instituted in 1986 to honour the memory of one of ASAL's founding members, and this is only the ninth occasion on which it has been awarded.
The Award was granted to Dennis and Delys to mark their ‘long period of excellence in the editing of Westerly'. Dennis was an editor of Westerly from 1988-2009, and Delys since 1991. For most of the period since, Dennis and Delys have worked together as the co-editors of one of Australia's foremost literary journals, published by the Westerly Centre. Dennis stood down in 2009, and Delys continues as a co-editor.
Congratulations to Dennis and Delys on their significant achievement!
Details of previous recipients of the A.A. Phillips Award can be found here.
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