Shankari Chandran honoured with Miles Franklin Literary Award for novel “Tea Time at Cinnamon Gardens”

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Sri Lankan-born Australian author Shankari Chandran has been awarded the prestigious Miles Franklin Literary Prize in 2023 for the novel "Tea Time at Cinnamon Gardens".

An Overview of the News

  • Ten years earlier, he had encountered difficulty publishing his first book, as publishers doubted its appeal to the local Australian market, as it was not "Australian" enough.

  • Chandran's award-winning novel, titled 'Tea Time at Cinnamon Gardens', revolves around themes of family, memories, community, race and highlights Australia's complex relationship with multiculturalism and the consequences of colonialism.

  • The novel has been hailed as an inter-generational epic that explores the complexities of Australia's multicultural society and the miseries of post-colonialism.

  • Chandran's story emphasises that our personal stories play an important role in shaping us as individuals and the fabric of society.

  • Remarkably, 'Tea Time at Cinnamon Gardens' is Chandran's third published novel, which shows his growth and dedication as a writer.

Miles Franklin Literary Award:

  • It is an annual award given to a novel of the highest literary merit that explores some aspect of Australian life.

  • The judging panel for this year's award included:

    • Richard Neville - State Library of NSW Mitchell librarian and Chair

    • Bernadette Brennan - author

    • Mridula Nath Chakraborty - translator

    • James Ley - critic

    • Elfie Shiosaki - poet

  • The Miles Franklin Literary Award is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious literary awards in Australia.

  • Previous winners of the award include acclaimed authors like Thea Astley, Jessica Anderson, and Tim Winton, among others.

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