Desaix honored for his entire career in literature

Robert Dessaix won the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature, which “recognizes the achievements of eminent literary writers over 60 who have made outstanding and lifelong contributions to Australian literature”.

Desaix’s books include his autobiography A mother’s shame and the novels night letters and Corfuas well as two travel memoirs, twilight of lovewhich takes place in Russia, and Arabesques, his memoirs in the footsteps of André Gide. All are published by Brio. Desaix’s recent work includes What are the days for (Knopf), a meditation on life, love, friendship and religion in the face of death, and The best time of our life (Brio), a collection of conversations about aging well.

Also announced as part of the Australia Council Awards, Leah Jing McIntosh received the Kirk Robson Award for Community Arts and Cultural Development. McIntosh is the founding publisher of Liminal magazine and co-editor of Collisions (Pantera) and the next Against the disappearance (pantera). As a member of Liminal project, McIntosh has also produced literary events, established mentorships and fellowships, and created national literary awards.

The Australia Council Awards recognize each year the outstanding and sustained contributions of Australian artists in the fields of music, literature, community arts and cultural development, emerging and experimental arts, visual arts, theater and dance. Last year, the Lifetime Achievement in Literature award was presented to Arnold Zable.

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