Debut novelist Stephen Daisley, who is completing his Doctorate in Creative Writing at The University of Western Australia, has won the prize for fiction at the 2011 Prime Minister's Literary Awards.
The judges described Daisley's book Traitor as "...a meditative, melancholy work that shows a rightful confidence in its power to command our attention."
Now in its fourth year, the Prime Minister's Literary Awards acknowledge great writing talent across Australia.
The judging panels comprised of Professor Peter Pierce (chair), Professor John Hay AC and Dr Lyn Gallacher (fiction); Mr Brian Johns AO (chair), Mr Colin Steele and Dr Faye Sutherland (non-fiction); and Dr Robyn Sheahan-Bright (chair), Mr Mike Shuttleworth and Ms Mary-Ruth Mendel (children's and young adult fiction.
Stephen Daisley's latest success follows his UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing at the 2011 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards.
Janine MacDonald (UWA Public Affairs) (+61 8) 6488 5563 / (+61 4) 32 637 71