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Judges

Book Prizes Panel

Professor Hamish Maxwell-Stewart (Chair)

Hamish Maxwell-Stewart is an academic expert on convict life in Australia who teaches History and Classics at the University of Tasmania. Born in Nigeria, raised in England, and schooled at the University of Edinburgh, he migrated to Tasmania in 1996 where he is now internationally recognised for his work on the history of convict transportation. He has published a number of books on the subject including Closing Hell’s Gates: The death of a convict station (Allen & Unwin, 2008) which won the Margaret Scott Prize in 2009.

Professor Lucy Frost

Lucy Frost is the author or editor of eleven books. Since coming to Tasmania twenty years ago, she has been writing about convict women and their children, and has edited or co-edited three books for Convict Women’s Press. The latest, From the Edges of Empire (2015), tells the stories of women born or tried outside the British Isles. Her most recent single-authored book is Abandoned Women: Scottish Convicts Exiled beyond the Seas (Allen & Unwin, 2012). Her current project, under the working title “Indentured Children”, is focused on children apprenticed from the Orphan Schools.

Victoria Ryle

Victoria Ryle is the co-founder of Kids’ Own Publishing, a not-for-profit empowering children by publishing their own stories. With a background in education, she advocates for children having a voice in the world of literature as authors and artists in their own right – particularly those marginalized within the mainstream.

Emerging Writers Panel

The University of Tasmania Prize and the Tasmanian Young Writer’s Fellowship are designed to give young and emerging Tasmanian writers the opportunity to showcase their work, raise their profiles and take their careers to the next level.

Professor Hamish Maxwell-Stewart (Chair)

Hamish Maxwell-Stewart is an academic expert on convict life in Australia who teaches History and Classics at the University of Tasmania. Born in Nigeria, raised in England, and schooled at the University of Edinburgh, he migrated to Tasmania in 1996 where he is now internationally recognised for his work on the history of convict transportation. He has published a number of books on the subject including Closing Hell’s Gates: The death of a convict station (Allen & Unwin, 2008) which won the Margaret Scott Prize in 2009.

Anica Boulanger-Mashberg

Anica (BPA, BA Hons, MA) is a freelance writer and editor with a theatre background and won the Morris Miller Prize in Australian Literature (2006). Her published works include short fiction and academic texts. She has worked as an adjudicator, playwright, reviewer (both literary and theatrical) and bookseller, and also has tutored, lectured and assessed university courses in both creative writing and communications (UTAS, QUT). Professional development has included Blue Cow Theatre’s Cowshed and arts@work’s Critical Acclaim projects (in association with Ten Days and Dance Massive). Anica is currently Island Magazine’s Fiction Editor.

Melanie Tait

Melanie Tait is the presenter of ABC Radio Tasmania’s Statewide Evenings and a former presenter of ABC Radio National’s Books and Arts. She's been writing since she could pick up a pencil and is the author of Fat Chance: My Big Fat Gastric Band Adventure and the playwright behind The Vegemite Tales.