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Minimalist poet Antigone Kefala wins the Patrick White Award for her contribution to Australian literature

By Elizabeth McMahon, Professor of English literary studies, UNSW Sydney
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The news that Antigone Kefala has won the Patrick White Award is completely thrilling. She is a most deserving winner by all the terms of that prize.

White established the award with funds from his 1973 Nobel prize. It is awarded without application “to a writer who has been highly creative over a long period but has not necessarily received adequate recognition”.

This well describes Kefala, who has been writing extraordinary poetry and prose for over half a century and who, though immensely…The Conversation


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