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Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:29 am
It’s meant to be the season of goodwill, yet Australia’s literary elite is throwing a hand-flapping hissy fit of Normandy proportions:
Three of the five judges of the $42,000 Miles Franklin Literary Award, including writer and journalist David Marr, resigned late last week amid a flurry of claims and counter-claims. Marr, along with fellow resigning judge Melbourne bookshop director Mark Rubbo, said in a statement yesterday that the company responsible for administering the prize had cut the judges’ terms in half, introduced the right “to dismiss any judge at any time without explanation” and stripped the panel of “nearly all decision-making, including election of the chair”.
The third judge to resign, writer Kerryn Goldsworthy, said yesterday his decision to go was “the result of an accumulation of issues and unfortunate events”.
Troublemaker Marr is at the centre of the feud:
The catalyst is believed to have been the decision not to invite Marr to take up the traditional second three-year term of judging. This news is said to have been delivered in a less-than-tactful way …
Hmmm. Dave is often less than tactful himself.