2014 Australian 'Critic Of The Year'
James Ley is the editor of the Sydney Review of Books. He has been a professional literary critic for almost two decades. His essays and reviews have appeared in many publications, including The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, Meanjin, Overland, Australian Book Review and the Times Literary Supplement.
He holds a PhD in literary studies from the University of Western Sydney and is the author of The Critic in the Modern World: Public Criticism from Samuel Johnson to James Wood (Bloomsbury, 2014).
2014 MEDIA RELEASE
The Pascall Prize, Australia’s foremost award for critical writing, has this year been awarded to James Ley, editor of the Sydney Review of Books.
The $15,000 prize is awarded annually to a critic whose work has significantly contributed to the public appreciation, enjoyment and understanding of the arts. Work entered may relate to any aspect of the creative or performing arts, including so-called 'popular culture'.
Ley has written widely since the late 1990s. Reviewing for the Fairfax Press, News Limited, the Australian Book Review or his own blog, he has made a career from adapting more recondite critical positions to the weekend arts pages with their obligation to entertain as much as to inform.
Rea Francis, Director, Geraldine Pascall Foundation
Dr Kerryn Goldsworthy
Dr Kerryn Goldsworthy
Australian 'Critic Of The Year'
Dr Kerryn Goldsworthy is a writer, critic, reviewer, essayist, columnist, fiction writer and blogger who writes fortnightly short reviews of fiction for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, and also reviews regularly for Australian Book Review and the Sydney Review of Books. She has been reviewing not only books but also occasionally television, movies and theatre for over 30 years.
She taught at the University of Melbourne throughout the 1980s and most of the 1990s, lecturing in Australian literature, creative writing and 19th century literature, before a mid-life career change to perilous freelancing brought her home to Adelaide. A former editor of Australian Book Review, she has been a judge for many literary awards including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award, and was Chair and Convenor of the judging panel for the inaugural Stella Prize. She is the editor of four anthologies of Australian writing and the author of three books of which the most recent, Adelaide, was shortlisted for the 2012 National Year of Reading Awards and the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.
2013 MEDIA RELEASE
The Pascall Prize, Australia's foremost award for critical writing, has this year been awarded to leading book reviewer and political commentator, Dr Kerryn Goldsworthy.
The $15,000 annual Pascall Prize is awarded to a critic whose work has significantly contributed to the public appreciation, enjoyment and understanding of the arts. Work entered may relate to any aspect of the creative or performing arts, including so-called popular culture.
An early and highly successful pioneer of the possibilities of blogging, Dr Goldsworthy has an active presence on social media, engaging robustly with people from across the political spectrum, and contributes to a wide variety of online discussions and debates...
Rea Francis, Director, Geraldine Pascall Foundation
2012 Pascall Prize Recipient
James Bradley is an award-winning writer and critic. His books include three novels, Wrack, The Deep Field and The Resurrectionist, all of which have been widely translated and won or been shortlisted for major Australian and international literary awards; a book of poetry, Paper Nautilus; and two anthologies, Blur, a collection of stories by young Australian writers and The Penguin Book of the Ocean.
Alongside his career as a novelist he has developed a substantial career as a writer of non-fiction and criticism, with reviews and essays exploring topics ranging from books and writing to television, environmental issues and technology, appearing in Australian and international newspapers and magazines such as The Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Griffith Review, Meanjin, Heat and The Australian Literary Review. He also maintains the popular blog, City of Tongues, and reviews regularly for The Australian, Australian Book Review, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.
2007 Pascall Prize Recipient
Noted for his wry, personable film criticism and analysis, Paul has been a film critic for The Sydney Morning Herald. He was director of the Sydney Film Festival for ten years, and has programmed exhibitions of Australian cinema for venues in Berlin and New York. Paul won the 2007 Pascall Prize for critical writing of Australian film and screen culture.
2006 Pascall Prize Recipient
The Brisbane born performer and critic studied Arts at Queensland University. Also known as a singer and songwriter for the pop band, The Go-Betweens. He became the rock critic for a new magazine, The Monthly. Robert won the 2006 Pascall Prize for his contribution to the critical writing of popular music.
2005 Pascall Prize Recipient
Australian born Gerard is a Sydney-based novelist, essayist and freelance literary critic. Awarded the 2005 Pascall Prize for writing a series of 200-word essay style, book reviews in The Australian Financial Review’s Friday Review section.
2004 Pascall Prize Recipient
A prolific Melbourne based reviewer, literary critic, columnist and essayist. He was the founding editor of the Black Inc. Best Of annuals (Essays, Stories, Poems) and of Quarterly Essay. His work appears regularly in The Age, The Australian, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Australian Literary Review. Peter won the 2004 Pascall Prize for his contribution to literary review and criticism.
2003 Pascall Prize Recipient
A critic and arts broadcaster, Julie specialises in film having served on the executive of the Film Critics Circle of Australia. She is the presenter for ABC Radio National's Movie Time program. Julie won the 2003 Pascall Prize for her film reviews for ABC Radio National.
2002 Pascall Prize Recipient
Educated in Sydney, Florence and Cambridge, Noel began lecturing and writing on film as a fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He is an author and winner of the 2002 Pascall Prize for creative criticism in his long running column in the Adelaide Review.
2001 Pascall Prize Recipient
Elizabeth Farrelly is a Sydney-based columnist and author who holds a PhD in architecture and several international writing awards. A former editor and Sydney City Councilor, she is also Adjunct Associate-Professor of Architecture at the University of Sydney. Her books include Glenn Murcutt: Three Houses and Blubberland; the dangers of happiness.
2000 Pascall Prize Recipient
Associate Professor in the Faculty of Art & Design at Monash University, Robert’s interest is in exploring links between contemporary art & design and the history of ideas. He has written poetry and criticism for many art journals. Robert won the 2000 Pascall Prize for his contribution as an art critic.
1999 Pascall Prize Recipient
A bestselling author and the Chief Book Reviewer of The Sydney Morning Herald. Andrew’s books include Inside Outside, Sandstone Gothic, Hughes and A Family History of Smoking. He is best known by his byline as the Sydney Morning Herald Chief Book Reviewer. Andrew was the 1999 winner of the Pascall Prize for his contribution to literary criticism.
1998 Pascall Prize Recipient
English born, educated at the University of Lancaster, composer, writer and broadcaster. Andrew has composed orchestral and chamber music, operas and music-theatre pieces, and a wide range of vocal and solo instrumental works. He has been an academic on the Faculty of Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong and has written and broadcast on a wide range of music. Andrew won the 1998 Pascall Prize for a considerable body of work consisting of a weekly ABC Radio National program, his regular book and CD reviews, radio series and book, Illegal Harmonies.
1997 Pascall Prize Recipient
An award-winning journalist with over two decades' experience of film criticism and analysis. Adrian has been the weekly film critic for The Age in Melbourne since 1995 and has written extensively for film and culture magazines. He has also written and made contributions to over 30 books. Adrian won the 1997 Pascall Prize for his critical film reviews in The Age and on ABC Radio National.
1996 Pascall Prize Recipient
Bruce Elder is a journalist, writer and commentator and has been involved in writing over 60 books as well as working as a print and radio journalist in both London and Sydney. He is currently a full-time journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald specialising in travel and popular culture. He is also the director of Walkabout, the Fairfax organisation's detailed travel Internet site. Bruce won the 1996 Pascall Prize because of the breadth of his knowledge and his wide reaching works as a critic in print and on radio.
1995 Pascall Prize Recipient
A lecturer at the University of NSW and is a significant figure writing about Australian Theatre, author of Belongings: Australian Playwriting in the 20th century, a speaker at the Sydney Writers' Festival, and the Sydney Theatre Critic for The Australian newspaper. John won the 1995 Pascall Prize for his critical reviews of theatre.
1994 Pascall Prize Recipient
An Australian journalist well known for her film reviews for The Sydney Morning Herald. Sandra has written books on Australian television - Supertoy and Turning on, Turning Off and another novel, A Thousand Small Wishes, and has just released her biography of Ezra Norton called The Tabloid Man: The life and times of Ezra Norton. Sandra won the 1994 Pascall Prize for her contribution to film criticism.
Roger Covell & Cyrus Meher-Homji
Roger Covell & Cyrus Meher-Homji
1993 Pascall Prize Recipients
Roger Covell is a Sydney born musicologist, critic and author. He is Professor Emeritus in the School of English, Media and Performing Arts at the University of New South Wales, and continues to contribute articles and reviews to The Sydney Morning Herald, where he served as principal music critic. Together, Roger and Cyrus won the 1993 Pascall Prize for music criticism.
1992 Pascall Prize Recipient
London born and educated, Alan came to Australia in 1981 to pursue research in the History of Ideas Unit at the Australian National University and was subsequently awarded a PhD. He is a presenter of By Design, a weekly show about architecture and design, gardens and food on ABC National Radio. Alan won the 1992 Pascall Prize for his food and wine reviews, and criticism.
1991 Pascall Prize Recipient
An award-winning art critic for The Bulletin, and a critic for The Australian and The National Times. Joanna is an Associate Professor at the College of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales and is actively involved in researching content for the Dictionary of Australian Artists Online. Joanna won the 1991 Pascall Prize for her contribution as a critic in Australian Visual Art.
1990 Pascall Prize Recipient
Born in Newcastle, this award-winning novelist, essayist and short story writer has now published some twenty books and has written short stories, articles, book reviews and essays for various publications. Marion won the 1990 Pascall Prize for her literary reviews and criticism in print and on radio.
1988 Pascall Prize Recipient
Brisbane born literary prizewinner. His father's family came to Australia in the 1880s from Lebanon and his mother's family from London just before World War I. He was educated at Brisbane Grammar School and the University of Queensland, where he taught for two years after graduating. He left Australia aged twenty-four and lived in Britain from where he taught in London and Birkenhead. He returned to teach English at the University of Sydney, where he stayed until 1977. He now writes full-time and lives part of the year in Australia and part in southern Tuscany in Italy.
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