Bicolana writer wins prestigious Australian literary prize

Merlinda Bobis
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NAGA CITY--Bicolana writer Merlinda Bobis has received the prestigious Christina Stead Prize for Fiction at the New South Wales Premier's 2016 Literary Award in Australia.

Bobis won the prize for her novel Locust Girl: A Lovesong.

Locust Girl, she said, is a "political fairytale," taking on the issues of climate change, race, class, gender, and culture.

Bobis was born and grew up in Albay province. She currently teaches at Australia National University.

Her other works include Banana Heart Summer (Murdoch Books, 2005), The Solemn Lantern Maker (Sydney: Murdoch Books, 2008), and Fish-hair Woman (North Melbourne: Spinifex, 2011).--BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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