May 06, 2005

AWARD | John Iremonger Award for Writing on Public Issues

In memory of the late John Iremonger, longtime publisher with the company, Allen & Unwin is proud to offer the second annual JOHN IREMONGER AWARD FOR WRITING ON PUBLIC ISSUES. John Iremonger believed passionately that books could make a difference to public debate and many of the books he published over the years helped define what Australians talked about.

The award is for non-fiction works of contemporary political, social and cultural commentary. On offer is a prize of $10,000, guaranteed publication, royalties on sales and editorial support to develop the proposal to finished manuscript.

The judgesIn 2005 the Award will be judged by Dr Carmen Lawrence and Matthew Ricketson, two of Australia's outstanding public commentators and writers, along with a publisher from Allen & Unwin.

Dr Carmen Lawrence's parliamentary career began in WA state politics in 1986, and in 1990 she became Australia's first female state Premier. She entered federal politics in 1994 and held a number of important front bench positions, and has also been President of the Australian Labor Party. Dr Lawrence speaks and writes regularly about refugee policy and democratic reform and her articles are regularly published on the Sydney Morning Herald Web-Diary.

Matthew Ricketson is an experienced journalist and has worked on staff at the Age, the Australian and Time Australia. Now head of Journalism at RMIT University, he continues to write for major newspapers on a regular basis. He has won several awards, including the George Munster prize for best freelance journalism. He has also published several books, including Writing Feature Stories (2004), The Best Australian Profiles (2004), and a biography of the children's author Paul Jennings.