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'The Nib': CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature
or Mark and Evette Moran Nib Award for Literature ; or Nib Literary Award ; or Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Award

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'The Nib': Waverley Library Award for Literature was established in 2002. It is organised and supported by Waverley Council, with generous support from the Friends of Waverley Library and other community partners.

The award recognises excellence in literary research, and the winning book may be in any genre, and either non-fiction or fiction. The award provides a cash prize to the winner, with each of the shortlisted authors getting a smaller cash reward along with the Alex Buzo Prize.

In 2017, the Nib was renamed the Mark and Evette Moran Nib Award for Literature. In addition to the main award, it included three other categories: the People's Choice, the Alex Buzo shortlisted prize, and a Military History Prize.

Source: Sighted: 3/12/2013.

Latest Winners / Recipients (also see subcategories)v1587

Year: 2021

winner Luke Stegemann for 'Amnesia Road'.

Year: 2020

winner Rebecca Giggs for 'Fathoms'.

Year: 2019

winner y separately published work icon Her Mother's Daughter : A Memoir Nadia Wheatley , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2018 13938951 2018 single work biography

''Why didn’t you and Daddy want people to give you any presents?' I used to ask. But my mother could never be drawn into talking about the wedding. I assumed it was because she did not wish to be reminded of the ghastly mistake she had made in marrying my father.

'AS a child, Nadia Wheatley had a sense of the great divide between her parents, who had met and married while working in Germany on the front line of the Cold War. Growing up in 1950s Australia, the child became a player in their deadly contest. Was she her mother’s daughter, or her father’s creature?

'At the age of ten, the author began writing down her mother’s stories: her Cinderella-like childhood, and her escape into a career as army nurse and refugee aid worker. Fifty years later, the finished memoir is not only a loving tribute but also a social history of twentieth-century Australia, told through the lives of a mother and her daughter.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Year: 2016

winner y separately published work icon A Long Time Coming : Essays on Old Age Melanie Joosten , Fremantle : Vivid Publishing , 2016 9029520 2016 selected work essay

'This collection of thought-provoking essays explores what it means to grow old in our youth-obsessed world.

'Improved health care and increased standards of living mean that each generation is living longer than the last. Rather than heralding this as a success, governments see our ageing population as an imminent disaster and old age as a medical problem. In response, we are encouraged to remain active, stay healthy and work longer — in short, to refuse becoming old. But if living longer is really about staying young, do we risk turning a blind eye to issues facing the elderly?

'Written with intelligence and compassion, Joosten’s pieces consider the housing crisis as it affects older people, the politics of nursing-home care, the realities of dementia, and women’s changing relationship to their bodies as they age. Weaving interviews with research and personal essay, Joosten undertakes a timely and clearsighted investigation into what it means to age in a world focused on the young. Arguing that every one of us has the right to be old while maintaining integrity, these essays ask us to reconsider our individual and collective experiences to find meaning and come to terms with growing old.' (Publication summary)

People's Choice Award.

Year: 2015

winner y separately published work icon Acute Misfortune : The Life and Death of Adam Cullen Erik Jensen , Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2014 7880297 2014 single work biography

'An unflinching portrait of talent and addiction.

'In 2008 the artist Adam Cullen invited journalist Erik Jensen to stay in his spare room and write his biography.

'What followed were four years of intense honesty and a relationship that became increasingly claustrophobic. At one point Cullen shot Jensen, in part to see how committed he was to the book. At another, he threw Jensen from a speeding motorbike. The book contract Cullen used to convince Jensen to stay with him never existed.

'Acute Misfortune is a riveting account of the life and death of one of Australia's most celebrated artists, the man behind the Archibald Prize-winning portrait of David Wenham. Jensen follows Cullen through drug deals and periods of deep self-reflection, onwards into his court appearance for weapons possession and finally his death in 2012 at the age of forty-six. The story is by turns tender and horrifying: a spare tale of art, sex, drugs and childhood, told at close quarters and without judgement.' (Publication summary)

winner Mark Dapin or The Nashos’ War: Australia’s National Servicemen and Vietnam

Works About this Award

Fresh Eye on Hilton Tragedy Linda Morris , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 24 November 2016; (p. 19)
Gong for Hilton Blast Research Stephen Romei , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 24 November 2016; (p. 14)
Portrait of a Flawed Artist Scoops Award Linda Morris , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 26 November 2015; (p. 31)