The Asher Literary Award is named after Mrs Helen Waltraud Rosalie Asher who came to Australia as a post-WWII German refugee from fascism. The award is won by a female author of a literary work which carries an anti-war message or theme. The 2011 winner was announced yesterday (1 September) in Melbourne and one of two joint winners this year is P.M. Newton for THE OLD SCHOOL. The other winner is Roberta Lowing for RUIN, a poetry collection exploring the tragedy of the Iraq War. Among the many social and political themes THE OLD SCHOOL tackles with sensitivity and intelligence is the long-lasting fallout from the Vietnam War.
Fair Dinkum Crime congratulates Pam (PM) on her well deserved win.