Last Thursday the shortlists for the NSW Premiers Literary Awards were announced, including that for the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry.
Six books were shortlisted:
Aidan Coleman, Avenues & Runways, Brandl & Schlesinger
Susan Hampton, The Kindly Ones, Five Islands Press
Jill Jones, Broken/Open, Salt Publishing
Penelope Layland, Suburban Anatomy, Pandanus Books
David McCooey, Blister Pack, Salt Publishing
Jaya Savige, Latecomers, University of Queensland Press
Interestingly, four of these books are all first books. Only Susan's and mine are the exceptions. This is also the second time that David McCooey and I have appeared on a shortlist.
The full shortlists for all the other categories plus judges comments are available on the Arts NSW website.
All winners announced at the awards dinner on 23 May. All the not winners will go cry elsewhere, I guess.