The Patrick White Award is an annual literary prize. The award was established in 1975 to advance 'Australian literature by encouraging the writing of novels, short stories, poetry and/or plays for publication or performance'. Rather than being awarded for an individual work, the award acknowledges writers who have made a significant contribution to Australian literature.
White used the funds from his 1973 Nobel Prize in Literature award to establish the philanthropic trust that supports this prize.
Source: http://www.perpetual.com.au/philanthropy-awards.aspx Sighted: 15/11/2013.
'The main purpose of the Patrick White Award is to encourage the winner to continue writing, and to provide some financial support to enable that. As Debra Adelaide reports, with his award White supported a basic human right, which is the freedom of expression through the written word.' (Introduction)
'In this episode, we talk to Carmel Bird. Carmel has been writing continuously for more than forty years. She is the 2016 Patrick White Award winner. This award recognises a writer’s entire body of work, and Carmel’s body of work is impressive by any measure. Ten novels, children’s books, and very highly acclaimed books about the craft of writing. It is my pleasure to welcome Carmel Bird to The Garret.'