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Prime Minister's Literary Awards Panel

Eileen Chong + Liam Ferney

Festival Hub, Maiwar Green





#About the event


Eileen Chong

Eileen Chong

Eileen Chong is a Sydney poet who was born in Singapore of Chinese descent. She is the author of seven books. Her latest poetry collection is Rainforest, from Pitt Street Poetry. Her books have shortlisted for numerous prizes, including the Anne Elder Award, the Victorian Premier's Literary Award, and twice for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards. Individual poems of Chong's have shortlisted for the Ron Pretty Prize, the Newcastle Poetry Prize, and twice for the Peter Porter Poetry Prize; they have longlisted three times for the University of Canberra’s Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize. A selection of Chong's poems, Another Language, was published in the Braziller Series of Australian Poets by George Braziller in New York, with a foreword from Paul Kane.

Her latest project is Map-Making, a limited edition hardback book of poems and photographs about Singapore, in collaboration with the photographer Charlene Winfred. Chong’s debut book, Burning Rice, is on the New South Wales’ Higher School Certificate syllabus for English from 2019.

She also writes at www.eileenchong.com.au 

Liam Ferney

Liam Ferney

Liam Ferney's most recent collection is Hot Take (Hunter Publishing). It follows on from Content (Hunter Publishing) which was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards and the Judith Wright Calanthe Award and Boom (Grande Parade Poets) which was shortlisted for Judith Wright Calanthe Aware and the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry.

He is a media manager, poet and aspiring left-back living in Brisbane.


Zenobia Frost

Zenobia Frost

Zenobia Frost is an award-winning poet from Brisbane and a co-editor with Stilts Poetry Journal. Her work has appeared in Overland, Cordite, ABR’s States of Poetry, The Lifted Brow, Scum and Contemporary Feminist Poetry.  She was recently shortlisted for the Red Room Poetry Fellowship and Overland Judith Wright Prize, while her first collection, Salt and Bone, was shortlisted for the 2013 Thomas Shapcott Prize.

Zenobia is a Master’s candidate at QUT, writing on the poetics of sharehousing in Brisbane. A Queensland Writers Fellowship supports her work through 2018.


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