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K.M. Kruimink takes home The Vogel Literary Award for 2020

6/01/2020 5:34 PM
K.M. Kruimink takes home The Vogel Literary Award for 2020

Tasmanian writer K.M. Kruimink has been announced this week as the winner of The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award for 2020.

Her unpublished manuscript, A Treacherous Country, is set in Tasmania in the 1800s, and follows recently arrived migrant, Gabriel Fox. Fox is in search of a woman, Maryanne Maginn, and is searching the Tasmanian wilderness with a mysterious guide who is not all he seems to be.

Kruimink wrote the manuscript mostly while at home with her newborn daughter, who was a poor sleeper, and often stayed in Kruimink’s lap as she wrote.

The Vogel Literary Award is one of Australia’s most prestigious literary awards, with a $20,000 prize and the winning manuscript published by Allen & Unwin.

It is awarded to an author under the age of 35 with an unpublished manuscript, and has launched the careers of many popular Australian writers, such as Tim Winton, Kate Grenville, and Andrew McGahan.

Kruimink’s win was announced on the Allen & Unwin Facebook page during a virtual event and celebration.