Kibble & Dobbie Literary Awards

According to the award website,

The Awards recognise the works of female authors of fiction or non-fiction classified as 'life writing'. This includes novels, autobiographies, biographies, literature and any writing with a strong personal element.
The Kibble Literary Award recognises the work of an established author while the Dobbie Literary Award recognises a first published work.

Nita May Dobbie established the Nita B Kibble Literary Awards for Women Writers in recognition of her aunt, Nita Bernice Kibble. Miss Kibble raised her from birth after her mother died and was also the first woman to be appointed a librarian with the State Library of New South Wales.
In the late 1800s, Miss Kibble had successfully answered an advertisement for a junior assistant at the Public Library of New South Wales, when her signature was taken for a man's. She later became the first female librarian with the State Library of New South Wales and held the position of Principal Research Officer from 1919 until her retirement in 1943. Throughout her career she worked hard to raise the status of the library profession and was a founding member of the Australian Institute of Librarians.
Miss Dobbie followed her aunt into the library profession and recognised the need to foster women's writing in the community and so established the Awards through her will.
The awards became biennial from 2016.

2020 - no award 'due to a review of the funding trust and the award processes'.


Kibble Shortlist - The High Places by Fiona McFarlane
                             The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke
                             The Life to Come by Michelle de Kretser
                             Everywhere I Look by Helen Garner

Dobbie Shortlist - The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein
                              Troppo by Madelaine Dickie
                              The Healing Party: A Novel by Micheline Lee

Kibble Shortlist - Small Acts of Disappearance by Fiona Wright
                             A Few Days in the Country by Elizabeth Harrower
                             Second Half First by Drusilla Modjeska

Dobbie Shortlist - Salt Creek by Lucy Treloar
                              Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett
                              Reckoning by Magda Szubanki


Kibble Shortlist - The Golden Age by Joan London
                             Warning The Story of Cyclone Tracy by Sophie Cunningham
                             This House of Grief by Helen Garner

Dobbie Shortlist - Heat and Light by Ellen van Neerven
                              The Strays by Emily Bitto
                              After Darkness by Christine Piper


Kibble Shortlist - Boy Lost: A Family Memoir by Kristina Olsson
                             Letter to George Clooney by Debra Adelaide
                             Mullumbimby by Melissa Lucashenko

Dobbie Shortlist - Madness A Memoir by Kate Richards
                              The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane
                              High Sobriety My Year Without Booze by Jill Stark


Kibble Shortlist - The Beloved by Anna Faulkner
                             Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser
                              Like A House on Fire by Cate Kennedy

Dobbie Shortlist - Toyo: A Memoir by Lily Chan
                              Floundering by Romy Ash
                              The Burial by Courtney Collins


Kibble Shortlist - Five Bells by Gail Jones
                             Foal's Bread by Gillian Mears
                             Animal People by Charlotte Wood

Dobbie Shortlist - Past the Shallows by Favel Parrett    (R)
                              End of the Night girl by Amy T Matthews
                              Bearings by Leah Swann


Kibble Shortlist - Reading by Moonlight by Brenda Walker
                             Sydney by Delia Falconer
                             Barbara Hanrahan: A Biography by Annette Stewart

Dobbie Shortlist - Night Street by Kristel Thornell
                              My Sister Chaos by Lara Fergus
                              Come Inside by G L Osborne


Kibble Shortlist - The Ghost at the Wedding by Shirley Walker
                             The Real Possibility of Joy by Josephine Emery
                             The China Garden by Kristina Olsson

Dobbie Shortlist - The Book of Emmett by Deborah Forster
                              Little White Slips by Karen Hitchcock
                              The Nature of Ice by Robyn Mundy


Kibble Shortlist - An Exacting Heart: The Story of Hephizbah Menuhin by Jacqueline Kent
                             Births, Deaths, Marriages by Georgia Blain
                             The After Life: A Memoir by Kathleen Stewart

Dobbie Shortlist - Fugitive Blue by Claire Thomas
                              Arthur Boyd: A Life by Darleen Bungey
                              Addition by Toni Jordan


Kibble Shortlist - Nights in the Asylum by Carloe Lefevre
                             Sorry by Gail Jones
                             Burning In by Mireille Juchau

Dobbie Shortlist - The Anatomy of Wings by Karen Foxlee
                              Nine Parts Water by Emma Hardman
                              A Curious Intimacy by Jessica White


Kibble Shortlist - Careless by Deborah Robertson
                             Agamemnon's Kiss by Inga Clendinnen
                             Captain Starlight's Apprentice by Kathryn Heyman
                             Dreams of Speaking by Gail Jones
                             Ida Leeson, A Life by Sylvia Martin

Dobbie Shortlist - Swallow the Air by Tara June Winch
                              Salvation Creek by Susan Duncan
                              Waterlemon by Ruth Ritchie


Kibble Shortlist - The Wing of Night by Brenda Walker
                             The Secret River by Kate Grenville
                             The Butterfly Man by Heather Rose

Dobbie Shortlist - An Uncommon Dialogue by Debra Drake
                              In My Skin by Kate Holden
                              Out of the Silence by Wendy James
                              Balanda, My Year in Arnheim Land by Mary Ellen Jordan


Kibble Shortlist - Plenty by Gay Bilson
                             Joe Cinque's Consolation by Helen Garner
                             The Broken Book by Susan Johnson

Dobbie Shortlist - The Secret World of Annette Robinson by Paulette Gittins
                              Salt Rain by Sarah Armstrong
                              The Kingdom Where Nobody Dies by Kimberley Starr


Kibble Shortlist - That Oceanic Feeling by Fiona Capp
                             Shot by Gail Jones
                             The End of Equality by Anne Summers

Dobbie Shortlist -  The Alphabet of Light and Dark by Danielle Wood
                               A Story of Light and Dark by Phyllis McDuff
                               Asylum: Voices Behind the Razor Wire by Heather Tyler                          


Kibble Shortlist - Black Mirror by Gail Jones
                             The Boyds: A Family Biography by Brenda Niall
                             The Water Underneath by Kate Lyons
                             The Truth About My Fathers by Gaby Naher  (R)

Dobbie Shortlist - The Bean Patch by Shirley Painter
                              Unearthed by Rebe Taylor
                              Borrowed Eyes by Saskia Beudel


Kibble Shortlist - A Certain Style - Beatrice Davis A Literary Life by Jacqueline Kent
                             The Fog Garden by Marion Halligan
                             Other People's Words by Hilary McPhee

Dobbie Shortlist - The Indomitable Miss Pink: A Life in Anthropology by Julie Marcus
                              Mother Lode: Stories of Home Life and Home Death by Susan Addison


Kibble Shortlist - Tiger's Eye: A Memoir by Inga Clendinnen
                             Journey from Venice by Ruth Cracknell
Dobbie Shortlist - Craft For a Dry Lake by Kim Mahood
                              Love and Vertigo by Hsu Ming Teo
                              Bruising by Mischa Merz
                              The Fishcastle by Elizabeth Stead


Kibble Shortlist - Stravinsky's Lunch by Drusilla Modjeska
                             Isobel on the Way to the Corner Shop by Amy Witting
                             Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville
                             Out of the Sky She Came by Valerie Lawson
                             Drylands by Thea Astley

Dobbie Shortlist - Off the Rails by Margo Kingston


Kibble Shortlist - Foreign Correspondence by Geraldine Brooks    (R)
                            The Spotted Skin by Rowena Ivers
                            Watched by Ancestors by Kathy Golski
                            The Golden Dress by Marion Halligan
                            Xavier Herbert by Frances De Groen

Dobbie Shortlist - Hiam by Eva Sallis


Kibble Shortlist - Snake Cradle by Roberta Sykes
                             Dingo by Sally Dingo
                             Glass After Glass by Barbara Blackman
                             The Service of Clouds by Delia Falconer
                             Paradise Mislaid by Anne Whitehead

Dobbie Shortlist - Steam Pigs by Melissa Lucashenko


Kibble Shortlist - True Stories by Helen Garner
                             The Tempest of Clemenza by Glenda Adams
                             Sex and Anarchy by Anne Coombs
                             Ethel by Suzanne Falkiner
                             Leaning Towards Infinity by Sue Woolfe

Dobbie Shortlist - Listening For Small Sounds by Penelope Trevor
                              Dirt by Catherine Ford
                              When You Grow Up by Connie Nungulla
                              Fairytales in Reality by Margot Orum
                              Night Surfing by Fiona Capp


Kibble Shortlist - Diaries by Judy Cassab
                             Hotel Albatross by Debra Adelaide
                             Caravanserai by Hanifa Deen
                             Penny Dreadful by Penelope Nelson
                             The Cross by Mandy Sayer

Dobbie Shortlist - No winner
                              H is for Homo by Alana Valentine


Kibble Shortlist - The Orchard by Drusilla Modjeska
                             The World Waiting to be Made by Simone Lazaroo
                             Georhiana by Brenda Niall
                             Heddy and Me by Susan Varga
                             Auntie Rita by Jackie and Rita Huggins

Dobbie Shortlist - No Winner
                              Lapping, Licking and Skinny - Dipping Distant Summers, Other Lives by Maria Cresa


Kibble Shortlist - Lover's Knot by Marion Halligan
                             The Gripping Beast by Joan Dugdale
                             Over My Tracks by Evelyn Crawford
                             Christina Stead Bio by Hazel Rowley

Dobbie Shortlist - For Some Reason by Nola Fisher
                             My Daughter, My Forever Baby by Mary Burbridge

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