Australian playwright Kendall Feaver has picked up yet another honour for her debut play The Almighty Sometimes, winning the $25,000 Prize for Drama at the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.
This is just the latest accolade for Feaver’s work, which premiered at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre in February last year and has since played at Griffin Theatre Company in Sydney, Limelight’s Editor Jo Litson describing it as “a knotty, gritty play that takes an unflinching look at mental illness and medication among young people.” The Almighty Sometimes has already received a Judges Award at the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, Best New Play at the 2018 UK Theatre Awards, and earnt Feaver a nomination for Best Writer in the UK’s The Stage Debut Awards. In December, Feaver was named as the recipient of the 2018 Philip Parsons Fellowship for Emerging Playwrights, for which she received a $15,300 commission to create a new work.
Kendall Feaver. Photo supplied
The other award-winners at this year’s Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards were Elise Valmorbida, who won the Prize for Fiction for her sixth novel The Madonna of the Mountains, Kate Lilley, who won the Prize for Poetry for her collection Tilt, Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina who won the Prize for Writing for Young Adults for Catching Teller Crow, Kim Scott, who won the Prize for Indigenous Writing for Taboo, Victoria Hanna, who won the Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript for Kokomo and Bri Lee, who won the People’s Choice Award for Eggshell Skull.
Behrouz Boochani, a Kurdish Iranian writer, poet, journalist and filmmaker who has been detained on Manus Island since 2013, won both the Prize for Non-Fiction and the overall prize – the $100,000 Victorian Prize for Literature, Australia’s richest literary award – for No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison. Boochani’s award was accepted by the book’s translator, Omid Tofighian.