Shankari Chandran wins 2023’s Miles Franklin Award

Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens takes out the most prestigious literary prize in Australia.

Shankari Chandran has won the Miles Franklin Literary Award for her novel, Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens, published by Ultimo Press.

An equally shocked and ecstatic Chandran speaks to ArtsHub about her win from her Sydney home. ‘I was told a few weeks ago and I made poor Richard Neville, the chair of the selection panel, repeat himself to me four times because my brain just did not compute what he was saying. And then I asked him if I could just put him on mute so that I could scream.’

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Thuy On is Reviews Editor of ArtsHub and an arts journalist, critic and poet who’s written for a range of publications including The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Sydney Review of Books, The Australian, The Age/SMH and Australian Book Review. She was the books editor of The Big issue for 8 years. Her first book, a collection of poetry called Turbulence, came out in 2020 and was published by University of Western Australia Press (UWAP). Her next collection, Decadence, was published in July 2022, also by UWAP. Twitter: @thuy_on