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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 

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 arts writer and award-winning poet based in Brisbane. Her most recent poetry collection, After the Demolition (Cordite Books), won the 2020 Wesley Michel Wright Award and was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. She recently received a Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Award and, in 2020, edited coffee-table history book Art Starts Here: 40 Years of Metro Arts.


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