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ECU professor and former PhD student recognised at the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards

Thursday, 26 August 2010


Congratulations to former PhD student, Dr Maureen Helen, and Emeritus Professor Andrew Taylor, who have both been short listed for the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards.

An initiative of the State Library of WA, The Premier’s Book Awards is a national competition, recognising the work of authors across a number of genres, including fiction and non-fiction, poetry, children’s books, young adult fiction and scripts.  

Dr Maureen Helen was short listed for the State Library of Western Australia History Award for her book entitled, Other People’s Country, a memoir of her time as a remote area nurse in an Aboriginal settlement in WA’s Pilbara region.

Professor Taylor’s newest collection of poetry, entitled, The Unhaunting, was short listed in the poetry category, and reflects his own personal struggles as well as a deep love for his Australian heritage.

Coordinator of English, Associate Professor Jill Durey, congratulates both Professor Taylor and Dr Maureen Helen on their achievements.

“They will now join a short list of other well known writers including J.M. Coetzee, Tim Winton, Helen Garner, David Malouf and Kate Grenville.”

All short listed books will now be assessed by a panel of judges, with the winners announced by the Premier at a special ceremony on Wednesday, 1 September.

For more information on the awards, and to view a full list of nominees visit the State Library of Western Australia website.

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