We are thrilled to announce the winner of our second The Lifted Brow & RMIT non/fictionLab Prize for Experimental Non-Fiction: ‘Trashman Loves Maree’, by W.J.P. Newnham.
Born in Melbourne in 1965 at the Royal Women’s Hospital, W.J.P Newnham was whisked away from his mother as part of the white stolen generation policies where un-wed white mothers were stripped of their children. He was adopted and raised all over country Victoria – by age 17 he’d lived in 11 different houses and attended 9 different schools. In a primary school literacy test he read at a university level, but his eventual overall attendance at university was sporadic.
Newnham spent many years hitchhiking around Australia, working various jobs. He has also been a slaughter hand, and a deckhand and master with now more than 25 years working in the Northern Prawn Fishery. He has travelled extensively in Southeast Asia, the Americas and Japan.
W.J.P.’s piece appears in TLB31, out September 1st from our network of stockists, or via subscription. (Remember: print subscribers get to see and read everything in the Brow first first first!) ‘Trashman Loves Maree’ will also appear in due course via TLB’s digital editions for iOS and web.
We thank our judges: Helen Macdonald, Dodie Bellamy, Maria Tumarkin, and Astrid Lorange.
About The Lifted Brow & RMIT non/fictionLab Prize for Experimental Non-Fiction:
This prize looks to unearth new, audacious, authentic and/or inauthentic voices from both Australia and the world.
This prize seeks work that is unlike any other. We want to hear from writers we’ve never read before, and we want writers we already know and love to challenge themselves to create work unlike any they’ve previously produced.
What is ‘experimental non-fiction’? Like all non-fiction writing it is steeped in facts, real events and real people, with the aim of communicating information, argument, and truth. It differs from traditional non-fiction in that it tries to convey its meaning using unorthodox form, or style, or voice, or point-of-view, or etc. The best pieces of experimental non-fiction are those in which any unorthodox element deepens the meaning and authenticity of the subject matter.