TAG Hungerford award: four Freo writers dominate finals field


Publisher Gerogia Richter (far left) with the authors shortlisted for this year's TAG Hungerford Award (L-R) Tineke Van der Eecken, Jay Martin, David Thomas Henry Wright, Jodie Tes (back) and Catherine Gillard.  Picture: Marie Nirme        www.communitypix.com.au   d460102
Publisher Gerogia Richter (far left) with the authors shortlisted for this year's TAG Hungerford Award (L-R) Tineke Van der Eecken, Jay Martin, David Thomas Henry Wright, Jodie Tes (back) and Catherine Gillard. Picture: Marie Nirme        www.communitypix.com.au d460102

FIVE finalists have been named for a prestigious literary prize and in a rare historical moment, four of them are from Fremantle.

Fremantle’s Jay Martin, North Fremantle’s David Thomas Henry Wright and Beaconsfield’s Jodie Tesoriero and Tineke Van der Eecken, along with Catherine Gillard, have been shortlisted for the 2016 City of Fremantle T A G Hungerford Award.

Fremantle Press fiction publisher Georgia Richter said the biennial award, which offered a $12,000 first prize and a publishing contract, was given to the best manuscript from an unpublished WA author.

She said the shortlisted manuscripts all delved into what it was like to be a stranger in a new place.

“Two creative non-fiction pieces portray women following their husbands overseas and, of the three novels, two explore the experience of immigration while a third includes a convincing rendering of life in China and North Korea,” she said. The winner will be announced on November 2.