Awards and prizes

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Former Sony Music Australia boss Denis Handlin stripped of third award over toxic workplace culture allegations
Australian performing rights and copyright agency is revoking former Sony Music boss’s Ted Albert award

Kelly Burke

18, Oct, 2021 @8:31 AM

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Baillie Gifford prize reveals ‘outstanding storytelling’ on 2021 shortlist
With subjects ranging from postwar Germany to the fall of Robert Maxwell and the Sackler family, judges praise ‘exciting and invigorating’ finalists

Alison Flood

15, Oct, 2021 @3:15 PM

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‘I wanted this film to be 100% Somali’: the fight to make The Gravedigger’s Wife
Khadar Ayderus Ahmed, who directed the acclaimed drama, reveals the struggle to portray his community ‘with dignity and compassion’

Hibaq Farah

15, Oct, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Aria revokes former Sony Music boss Denis Handlin’s icon award
Honour is second to be withdrawn in 48 hours for one-time Australian music industry stalwart

Kelly Burke

15, Oct, 2021 @3:01 AM

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Hanif Abdurraqib wins the Gordon Burn prize for A Little Devil in America
The poet and essayist’s extraordinary collection on Black culture in the US is ‘simultaneously a joyous celebration and a crushing reproach’

Alison Flood

14, Oct, 2021 @9:00 PM

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‘It sounded crazy’: palatial six-storey hymn to social interaction is Britain’s best new building
The 2021 RIBA Stirling prize has gone to Kingston University’s free-flowing Town House, a welcoming, transparent, roomy place perfect for students to spark off each other

Oliver Wainwright

14, Oct, 2021 @6:51 PM

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TS Eliot prize unveils ‘voices of the moment’ in 2021 shortlist
Ten collections in competition for the £25,000 award ‘should enter the stage and be heard in the spotlight’, say judges

Lucy Knight

14, Oct, 2021 @6:30 PM

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Kakwenza Rukirabashaija named this year’s International Writer of Courage
The Ugandan novelist, who was tortured in prison over his book The Greedy Barbarian, has been selected by Tsitsi Dangarembga as part of the PEN Pinter prize

Alison Flood

11, Oct, 2021 @7:30 PM

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‘I could do with more readers!’ – Abdulrazak Gurnah on winning the Nobel prize for literature
His lyrical novels about exile and loss enjoy critical acclaim but modest sales. Now he’s Zanzibar’s second most famous son – and £840,000 richer. The writer talks about racism on British buses, Priti Patel, and why books have to entertain

David Shariatmadari

11, Oct, 2021 @4:32 PM

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The Jonathan Cape/Observer/Comica graphic short story prize 2021 – enter now!
The annual award for aspiring cartoonists offers the chance to be published in the Observer and win a cheque for £1,000, with past winners going on to land film and book deals

Rachel Cooke

10, Oct, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Abdulrazak Gurnah: where to start with the Nobel prize winner
Novelist Maaza Mengiste on how the Nobel laureate has explored exile in all its forms throughout his career

Maaza Mengiste

08, Oct, 2021 @3:41 PM

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Abdulrazak Gurnah wins the Nobel prize in literature 2021 – as it happened
The novelist from Zanzibar has become the new laureate “for his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and continents.”

Lucy Knight and Alison Flood

07, Oct, 2021 @11:34 AM

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