By Kit Fennessy
Cape Paterson author and publisher Kit Fennessy has won third prize in the short section of the Bass Coast Prize for Non-Fiction with Sands of Time, a witty slice of memoir that seamlessly weaves together metaphysics, geology, history and Jimmy Hendrix.
Kit has self-published a number of books, short stories and novels, which are available through ArtSpace (Wonthaggi) and the library, and released a
new thriller titled ‘Cornerstone’ in October.
Sands of Time
One morning, on the way to school
She and I (and truth and fiction)
Prom inspires prize-winning work
By Catherine Watson
LUCINDA Bain has won the 2022 Bass Coast Prize for Non-Fiction with The Prom, a personal interrogation of the writer’s place in nature in the midst of a climate emergency.
Lucinda, who wins $5000 for her essay, showed the value of perseverance after a third equal placing in the 2020 prize and an unsuccessful entry last year.
The judges said of The Prom: “Lyrical writing, tying past, present and future: the acknowledgement of the past, the fear and beauty of the present, the ever-diminishing hope for the future. It feels slightly bleak, yet ends on a hopeful, simple (yet profound) fact …
Rescue at the Bridge
The Snow Girls
By Catherine Watson
CAPE Paterson writer Rees Quilford has won the 2021 Bass Coast Prize for Non-Fiction with an evocative essay documenting his experience of returning to live in Bass Coast, the place of his birth and childhood.
Adrift in shallow waters outlines his attempt to reacquaint himself with the place through a daily routine of swimming, walking and photography at Cape Paterson’s Bay Beach through the first Covid winter.
A PhD candidate with the non/fiction Lab of the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University, Rees wins $5000 for his essay.
He said the prize was a valuable and financially significant prompt to inspire local creativity, reflection and storytelling.