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Queensland Literary Awards




Delloites Managing Partner Tim Biggs, Arts Minister Ian Walker & QLA Chairman Dr Stuart Glover. Source: The Courier Mail

The Chairman of Queensland Literary Awards (QLA) Dr Stuart Glover, today officially opened nominations to the 2013 Awards. Nominations close 5pm May 24th.

Established through people-power, last year the community rallied to keep the literary awards alive. QLA is now the largest suite of independently managed literary prizes in Australia. In 2013 prizes will be awarded to writers in 11 categories.

“Queensland’s commitment and love of literature is on display again this year. The Awards highlights the importance of books and writing to the whole community. In 2013 we are thrilled to be back with the support of corporate Queensland, its major institutions and the wider community. Queenslanders have come together to reward and recognise our writers’ achievements,” Dr Glover said.

QLA is delighted to welcome back inaugural major partners The Courier-Mail and the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund. Corporate leaders Deloitte and Gadens join the growing band of partners that now includes State Library of Queensland, University of Queensland, Griffith University and University of Southern Queensland.

“Our corporate and community partners’ commitment enables $5,000 prizes to be awarded to winners in all award categories. It also means we can support new writing through mentorships for six unpublished writers. We are looking forward to receiving hundreds of literary nominations from all parts of the country,” Dr Glover said.

QLA features nine prizes open to writers from around Australia, including the nationally prestigious David Unaipon Award that offers a $5,000 prize and a publishing contract to an unpublished Indigenous writer. Two other award categories specifically recognise and support Queensland writers. Nominations for 2013 will close on 24 May.

The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year gives the community an opportunity to vote for its favourite Queensland book. The Emerging Queensland Author–Manuscript Award delivers a $5,000 prize and publishing contract to a winning manuscript through the support of Queensland’s leading publishing house, University of Queensland Press.



Dr Glover said that QLA is very grateful for the community support already received; however they are still seeking partners and donations to cover costs of this ambitious Awards program.

A fundraising campaign will be launched in May 2013.



QLD Literary Awards

2013 Award Categories are:


The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award Deloitte Fiction Book Award University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award University of Southern Queensland History Book Award


State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection – Judith Wright Calanthe Award Australian Short Stories Collection – Steele Rudd Award Griffith University Young Adult Book Award Children’s Book Award


Gadens Feature Film Script Award Unpublished Indigenous Writer – David Unaipon Award (supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and University of Queensland Press) Emerging Queensland Author- Manuscript Award (supported by the University of Queensland Press)



Kitchen (You’ve Never Had It So Good)

When Audience Becomes Actor: White Rabbit Red Rabbit, Gob Squad’s Kitchen & The Last Supper


Part 2: Kitchen (You’ve Never Had It So Good)


Kitchen (You’ve Never Had It So Good)

Gob Squad, Germany/UK

World Theatre Festival

Wednesday 20th – Sunday 24th February 2013


Reviewed by Xanthe Coward


Johanna Freiburg, Sean Pattern, Sharon Smith, Berit Stumpf, Nina Tecklenburg, Sarah Thom, Laura Tonke, Bastian Trost, Simon Will



Andy Warhol’s Kitchen recreated live on stage, complete with bad coffee, nervous breakdowns and wild parties.


It’s 1965 and everything is just about to happen. The German/British collective Gob Squad invites you to take the hand of the King of Pop Art himself, Andy Warhol, and step back into the underground cinemas of New York City, where it all began.


Gob Squad’s Kitchen reconstructs Warhol’s films in the quest to illuminate the past for a new generation, reflecting on the nature of authenticity, the here and now, and the hidden depths beneath the shiny surfaces of modern life.


This was my favourite of the strange, original, intimate productions at WTF this year. Again, using audience members as actors, the cast gradually replaced themselves during the remake of Andy Warhol’s famous film Kitchen (1965). These guys have performed Kitchen (You’ve Never Had it So Good) for audiences around the globe, and their success includes an Off-Broadway run in 2012. An investigation into the nature of authenticity, and a parody of the films of one of our greatest pop art icons, Gob Squad’s Kitchen is witty, zany, and very, very funny.


Laura and Simon set the scene and explain what will happen. They are re-making Andy Warhol’s films to “modernise” them, bring them “up to date” so that we better understand our modern lives. As such, they replace the kitchen items with up-to-the-minute appliances and products, securing early laughs simply by introducing the table, the chair, the bread, the cereal and the instant coffee. We’ve already seen this set from the other side of the triptych of screens we see out front, upon entering the Powerhouse Theatre. We’ve seen the actors mic’d up and the television screens backstage that will help the cast create their own version of Warhol’s film as we watch from out front.


A tattooed girl named Kellie, a guy who I noticed the following night in the audience of Holding the Man, and (unbeknownst to them, surely), the new Arts Minister’s wife, Heather. They were fine, fitting in superbly, and at times going to great lengths to do so, with Kellie going so far as to re-enact the three-minute kiss with a cast member, as per Warhol’s short film Kiss (1963).


I think there’s a chance that some audience members may feel a little cheated when they’ve come to see a company perform and, one by one, the professional actors are replaced by randoms from the stalls. But it’s a different sort of theatre and it’s a style that I enjoyed, admittedly, because it wasn’t me up there on the big screen, but also because it’s cheeky, confident, fun theatre. Kitchen (You’ve Never Had it So Good) is a big, knowing wink at one of pop art’s most famous attempts to share “real life”, and it works superbly.


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