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