'Swimming', a novel by Victoria University creative writing lecturer Dr Enza Gandolfo, has been short-listed for the Barbara Jefferis Award.
The award is named for feminist and founding member of the Australian Society of Authors, Barbara Jefferis, and is offered annually for the best novel written by an Australian author that shows women and girls in a positive way.
Set in Melbourne's west and on the surf beaches of the Great Ocean Road, Dr Gandolfo's novel depicts the emotional and psychological journey of Kate Wilks, a swimmer, teacher and writer, confronting several unplanned mid-life changes and unexpected childlessness.
The judges said the book was "an empowering examination of the complex impacts of infertility on a woman's life, as well as the potency of long-term woman-to-woman friendships and long-distance swimming."
Enza said: "It is great to be short-listed for this award and to be acknowledged alongside such a rich company of writers whose work I admire."
Enza is a Yarraville resident and lecturer in VU's School of Communication and the Arts. She has a PhD in Creative Writing and is the author of many published short pieces of fiction and non-fiction, as well as the recipient of several grants and awards.
The winner of the Barbara Jefferis Award will be announced in Sydney on 14 March 2010.
Dr Gandolfo is available for interview. Mobile: 0403 292 552
Ann Marie Angebrandt, Media Officer,
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