Gorrie wins the 2022 Victorian Prize for Literature

Veronica Gorrie won Australia’s richest literary prize, the $100,000 Victorian Prize for Literature, for her first memoir Black and Blue: A Memoir on Racism and Resilience (Scribe), at the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards (VPLAs) 2022.

Gorrie also won the Indigenous Writing Award and was shortlisted in the non-fiction category for black and bluewhich the judges say is “the powerful story of an Indigenous woman trying to change the world, her world and the world of her community, and her journey through surviving institutional power and racism.”

“Gorrie’s humour, warmth and loving ways of detailing her story are unmistakably black. Reading her book is like having an intimate thread with her, so skilful is her work in drawing us into her story to really feel the words she gave us. Gorrie’s distinctly Indigenous storytelling makes us feel like we’re sitting with her by the fire in the backyard listening to the resounding immediacy of her words. Her warmth, her love and care for his readers are felt throughout the book.

“His book is particularly crucial right now. It challenges us to think about power and society, and the possibility of changing the world we live in. Her personal journey, from thinking she can change Indigenous worlds by joining the police to being an abolitionist, is an urgent story to tell. and the one who needs to be heard.

The winners in each category are:

Fiction ($25,000)

Nonfiction ($25,000)

Indigenous Writing ($25,000)

  • Black and Blue: A Memoir on Racism and Resilience (Veronica Gorrie, Scribe)

Writing for Young Adults ($25,000)

Drama ($25,000)

  • Milk (Dylan Van Den Berg, Currency Press)

Poetry ($25,000)

  • Trigger warning (Maria Takolander, UQP)

Unpublished manuscript ($15,000)

  • ‘Fauna of Mirrors’ by Keshe Chow

People’s Choice ($2000)

The winners, chosen from shortlists announced in December 2021, were announced at a live-streamed awards ceremony in Melbourne on February 3.

Laura Jean McKay won last year’s Victorian Literature Award for her debut novel The animals of this country (Scribe). For more pricing information, visit the Wheeler Center website.

Pictured: Veronica Gorrie. Credit: TJ Garvie.

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