The Tina Kane Emergent Writer Award honors Tina Kane, who had been for twenty years – as a 2014 citation of her noted – ‘a presence to rely on, engaging with writers, locals and visitors, making them feel welcome in the space she creates around herself, which is one of curiosity, intimacy and genuine good will.’ Tina was particularly welcoming to young and newly emergent writers, who often expressed their gratitude for her personal warmth and attention. Hers is a tradition the Mildura Writers Festival intends to mark and continue with this annual award.
The 2018 winner of the Tina Kane Emergent Writer Award was Louise Allen.
Growing up in Tasmania, Louise studied Medicine at the University of Tasmania, went on to become a GP, then moved across the country to Perth before she took up writing. Her first novel The Sisters' Song, based on an earlier short story she wrote in 2010, was published in January 2018.
Previous winners are:
2017 Natalie Harkin
2016 Emily Bitto