The Banjo Prize is up and running for the second year - hooray! - so we asked one of our Fiction publishers, Catherine Milne, what she wants from authors when she asks for 'good voice'. I can hardly believe it’s been a year, but the months have rolled around and – ta dah! – we’ve reopened our submissions for the Banjo Prize 2019 to find Australia’s next great storyteller! And I’m sitting here now at my desk, feeling happy, because I’m looking at the gorgeous blue and gold cover of Taking Tom Murray Home, by Tim Slee, the winner of last year’s first ever Banjo Prize, which we’ll be publishing in August this year. READ MORE
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Catherine Milne on Books about books and declaring yourself a reader
The 2018 Banjo Prize Winner Announced!
The Banjo Prize Shortlist is here!
Catherine Milne on Getting a Job in Book Publishing
Words: Catherine Milne I can still vividly remember the moment when I knew I wanted to work in publishing. It was after my first and only visit to my university careers service. I’d finished my arts degree and was desperate for a job, any job. I spotted an ad for something called a National Education Representative at Penguin Books. Right, I thought. I can do that. Whatever that is. READ MORE
Thank You For Entering The Banjo Prize
Words: Catherine Milne, Head of Local Fiction Publishing When we dreamed up the idea of the Banjo Prize – as a way of finding Australia’s next great storyteller – I wasn’t sure what we could expect. It’s quite one thing to dream up something like this, and quite another thing to put it out into the world. Maybe, I thought hopefully to myself, just maybe, we might get some interest. After all, while there are quite a few well established literary prizes out there – the Vogel and the Richell Prize, just to name a couple – there’s not so many competitions out there for people who just want to tell rippingly good stories. READ MORE
Meet Kiki Button: socialite, private detective and spy
1920s Paris is my ultimate fantasy destination. Ever since I read Among the Bohemians by Virginia Nicholson, I have been fascinated (read: obsessed) with it. Nicholson’s book explores the lives of bohemian, artistic London from 1900 to WWII – not their work, but how they dressed, where they lived, what they ate, how they created lives as artists, rebels, and thrill-seekers. READ MORE
Robyn Cadwallader: A book about why we write books
Holly Ringland: ‘Fiction is the lie that tells the truth’
Catherine Milne on Comfort Reading as Self Care
[caption id="attachment_6061" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Words: Catherine Milne, HarperCollins Fiction Publisher[/caption] At stressful times, when you’re down, or when you just want an instant pick-me-up or escape from reality, do you often find yourself reaching – along with the chocolate/tea/wine (name your addiction of choice) – for a book that you’ve read many times before? READ MORE