What's in an Award?
Fiona Robertson + Kristina Olsson + Kris Kneen + Jackie Ryan
Maiwar Green Marquee, State Library
#About the event
Duration: 60 minutes
It has been said that competitions are for horses, not artists. But what is the value of literary awards for our Queensland authors? Join a panel of some of Queensland's most outstanding writers to discuss why awards are important. Or not.
Panel: Fiona Robertson, Kristina Olsson, Krissy Kneen
Chair: Jackie Ryan
Fiona Robertson is a writer and doctor. Her short fiction has been published in literary magazines and anthologies in Australia and the UK, and has been shortlisted for international competitions. Her collection of stories, If You're Happy, won the Glendower Award for an Emerging Queensland Writer at the 2020 Queensland Literary Awards. Fiona lives in Brisbane with her husband and children.
Kristina Olsson is an award-winning writer of fiction, non-fiction and journalism. Her 2009 novel The China Garden won the Barbara Jefferis Award and was shortlisted for the Kibble Prize. Her 2013 memoir, Boy, Lost, garnered multiple awards including the Queensland, New South Wales and West Australian Premiers awards for non-fiction and the Kibble Prize. Her most recent novel, Shell, launched the legendary Scribner Australia literary imprint and was shortlisted in several major literary awards.
Kris Kneen is the award-winning author of fiction, poetry and non-fiction including An Uncertain Grace which was shortlisted for the Stella Prize. They have written and directed broadcast television documentaries and was the Copyright Agency Ltd Non-fiction Fellow in 2020. The Three Burials of Lotty Kneen is their latest book.
Jackie Ryan has an abiding interest in culture that connects her work across forms and genres. She is the author of We'll Show the World: Expo 88 (UQP), which won two 2018 Queensland Literary Awards and was shortlisted for a third. She also makes the Aurealis and Ledger Award-winning Burger Force comic book series and is the founding editor of comedy writing collective the Fanciful Fiction Auxiliary. She holds a PhD in history and political science from The University of Queensland.