Issue 5 - 4 June 2013 enews home

NT literary talent wins support


By Leanne Coleman


Creative Arts and Humanities’ Head of School Professor Martin Jarvis presents the CDU Travel Short Story Award to local author Natalie Sprite

The Territory’s brightest literary achievers have been recognised at the 2013 Northern Territory Literary Awards, which aims to unearth the Territory’s best poems, short stories, essays and scripts.

Conducted by the Northern Territory Library, the 2013 awards were supported by Charles Darwin University through the CDU Essay and CDU Bookshop Travel Short Story awards.

Local author Natalie Sprite took out the CDU Travel Short Story Award with her story entitled “It feels like happiness”, about a Balinese adventure of the heart. Natalie is a prominent local artist, who was shortlisted for the 2002 Australian Vogel Literary Award for her novel “Grace Notes”. She also has won several literary fellowships and awards, the most recent being the ABC Open national short fiction prize.

Other winners in the NT Literary Awards included Glenn Morrison, who won the CDU Essay Award for “No direction home: Race and belonging in a frontier town”.

During this year’s awards, CDU was announced as a principal partner, ensuring the long-term sustainability of the awards and ongoing development and recognition opportunities for local literary talent.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Law, Education, Business and Arts Professor Giselle Byrnes said the University was delighted to partner with the Northern Territory Library to support the development and expansion of the NT Literary Awards.

“The partnership will enable the university to promote and encourage relevant study opportunities to a targeted audience, specifically those interested in CDU’s new English and Literary Studies and associated programs,” Professor Byrnes said.

“The awards also provide us with a valuable pathway by which CDU students and staff can engage with and be recognised within literary and academic circles.”