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The Drover's Wife wins book of the year at NSW Premier's Literary Awards!

Leah Purcell's stark retelling of Henry Lawson's short story by the same name took audiences by the throat when it was staged for a brilliant premiere season at Belvoir in 2016. The Drover's Wife has now won the NSW Premier's Literary Awards, for best drama and also book of the year! This is the first time in the award's history that best book has been awarded to a play. Our most hearty congratulations to Leah. The accolades are well-deserved. We're proud to publish this book.

The Drover's Wife has gone from success to success. It won best drama and book of the year at the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards earlier this year! It was also awarded four Sydney Theatre Awards in 2016, including Best New Australian Work, and the Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright's Award in 2014. We can't wait to see where The Drover's Wife goes next. 

Here's what the NSW Premier's Literary Awards judges had to say about  The Drover's Wife :

Leah Purcell’s retooling of Henry Lawson’s story represents a seismic shift in postcolonial Australian playwriting. Once again we meet a drover’s wife, alone with her children in a harsh frontier landscape. But the snakes here are white, male and merciless. By placing two Indigenous characters at the heart of this version, the original is demythologised and subverted before being brilliantly remythologised.

Brave, ruthless and utterly compelling from the first image, this epic tragedy is a passionate howl of pain and rage, while simultaneously announcing itself as a declaration of war on Australia’s wilful historical amnesia. Purcell ranges across form and style, from western to horror to comic flourishes. Though relentless in its annihilation of hope,  The Drover’s Wife still allows the possibility of redemption.  Leah Purcell has made a bold and exciting contribution to Australian playwriting and, arguably, to Australia’s identity.

You can get The Drover's Wife from bookstores and online. Order a copy today!

Ladies Day shortlisted for NSW Premier's Literary Awards

Alana Valentine's play, Ladies Day , was shortlisted for this year's NSW Premier's Literary Awards for Drama. Congratulations to Alana for a wonderful play, which premiered at Griffin Theatre Company in 2016. 

Here's what the judges had to say about Ladies Day:

Ladies Day presents Australia’s foremost verbatim playwright, Alana Valentine, at the height of her powers as she deftly interrogates the boundaries of her preferred form.  Surprising and moving,  Ladies Day  is also confronting and compassionate. Characters that initially seem stereotypical develop into people for whom we feel anguish and outrage, before morphing again and demanding we reconsider the nature of truth-telling and theatre. The complexity of the story and the interrogation of sexuality, identity and violence are masterly. The personal is political here — with humour and heart aplenty.

You can get Ladies Day from leading bookstores and also online. Order a copy today!

Enhanced Ebooks

Currency publishes ebooks of most of our titles, which you can order through the individual page for each book. We also have a range of special ebook titles that include the play script, interviews with authors and theatremakers, critical essays, production images, videos, teachers' notes and more! They make the perfect companion for students, teachers, theatre practitioners and general play enthusiasts. Current enhanced ebooks are:
  • Dancing to His Song: The Singular Cinema of Rolf de Heer by Jane Freebury. Available on iTunes here.
  • Jandamarra by Steve Hawke. Available on Google Play here.
  • The Secret River by Andrew Bovell. Available on Google Play here.
  • Staging Asylum , a play collection edited by Emma Cox. Available  on Google Play here
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