Wednesday, 11 February 2015
PM's Literary Awards - Playwrights need not apply
Once again, the Prime Minister's Literary Awards have opened its call for entries. Once again, the gongs will go to fiction, non-fiction, history and poetry - but not to plays or screenplays. Yes, the debate over whether a play is literature is always ready for a run around the block. However, if a play exists as a published cultural artefact that one can buy and put on one's shelf beside a Richard Flanagan or a Henry Reynolds or a Chloe Hooper, and if it has similarly stirred consciences and imaginations, ought not plays also be eligible?