With her first published novel, Yvette Walker, a Curtin creative writing alumna, has won the Western Australian Emerging Writers Award at the Premier’s Book Awards.
Walker’s award-winning book, Letters to the End of Love, explores intimacy, war, art and loss through a series of poignant letters.
The book follows the lives of three couples; a Russian painter and his Irish novelist wife living in Cork in 1969, an Australian bookseller and her estranged partner in 2011, and a retired English doctor living in Bournemouth in 1948 writing to the love of his life who he lived with almost twenty years earlier.
“I wanted to explore love in its different ways – gay, straight, lesbian – and give them all an equal voice,” says Walker.
The Premier Book Awards celebrate literary excellence across a variety of categories. Eleven of Australia’s top authors and two illustrators were recognised in this year’s awards. The winners will share $130,000 in prize money.
“Literature is an important element of a culturally rich society. Reading and understanding the written word is not only empowering, it can be life changing. These awards help to encourage more West Australians to pick up a book,” says Premier Colin Barnett.
About the author
Letters to the End of Love, her first novel, evolved out of a short story called ‘Dear Reader’, which won the 2003 HQ Magazine National Short Story Competition. In 2009 Yvette won the Eleanor Dark Flagship Fellowship for Fiction, and spent time at Varuna, the Writer’s Centre. Yvette lives in Perth with her wife, Melanie Rodriga and works as a bookseller.
Author image: credit Lencie Wenden