Zebra earns its stripes at the Queensland Literary Awards
Renowned author and UTS Associate Professor of Creative Writing, Debra Adelaide, has won a prestigious Queensland Literary Award.
Zebra is a collection of thirteen short stories offering a variety of voices and points of view, with the theme of the animal’s stripes woven throughout. From a dream about a murder in a suburban backyard, to a piece about a love affair coming to life in a bookshop, and insight into Indigenous Australian, Bennelong, who was captured by Governor Arthur Phillip in 1789, the stories explore the human condition and how we behave faced with unexpected situations. The final story within the collection, which Adelaide began writing when John Howard was prime minister, involves a woman running the country whose role is challenged when she is gifted a zebra. The stories cover a range of issues prominent today – fences, borders, and identity - with a sharp eye and a style that is often comic and ironic. The zebra also happens to be one of Adelaide’s favourite animals.
The Queensland Literary Awards celebrate and encourage exceptional Australian writers, like Adelaide. Ten categories are included in the awards for outstanding books by national Australian writers, illustrators and creators. Zebra was shortlisted and subsequently won the University of Southern Queensland Steele Rudd Award for a Short Story Collection.
The UTS Creative Writing community is also celebrating a further two Queensland Literary Awards. Acclaimed Indigenous Australian author, Melissa Lucashenko, won the Queensland Premier's Award for a work of State Significance for her novel Too Much Lip. This year Lucashenko began a Doctoral of Creative Arts at UTS, under the guidance of Associate Professor Debra Adelaide. UTS BA Creative Writing graduate, and Jumbunna senior research fellow, Alison Whittaker, also won the Judith Wright Calanthe Award for a Poetry Collection for Blakwork.
Debra Adelaide’s latest work is a collection of essays titled The Innocent Reader: Reflections on Reading and Writing, which explores her reading and writing journey, and gives the reader personal insight into Adelaide’s life and literary loves.
Alongside her writing and research supervision, Adelaide currently teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate students in the UTS Creative Writing program.
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