Memoir about racism and resilience wins $100,000 literary prize

Australia’s richest literary prize has been won by Gunai/Kurnai writer Veronica Gorrie for her memoir about serving in the police force.

Gunai/Kurnai writer Veronica Gorrie has won the $100,000 Victorian Prize for Literature for her memoir Black and Blue: A Memoir of Racism and Resilience.

The prize was awarded on Thursday night at the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, where Gorrie also received the $25,000 Prize for Indigenous Writing.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts