Gregory Day wins top nature writing prize

The 2021 Nature Writing Prize promotes and celebrates the art of writing about the environment in Australia, as well as the nature of the country itself.

Gregory Day has taken out The Nature Conservancy Australia’s 2021 Nature Writing Prize for his essay entitled The Watergaw.

The Victorian author’s win means he receives $7,500 in prize money and the Griffith Review will publish The Watergaw online as a multimedia essay.

First Nations Australian writer and 2021 Nature Writing Prize judge Tara June Winch praised Day’s essay for being ‘striking for its nuance and accomplishment in expressing nostalgia, and the language of belonging to a place’, adding The Watergaw is ‘a beautiful and subtle work’.

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Chris Button is an award-nominated writer for Screenhub based in Adelaide, who specialises in videogames and technology. His words have appeared on Junkee, GameSpot, Byteside and plenty more. He loves all things screen-related, sport, and small fluffy animals.   Chris also uses Twitter more than he probably should.