The recipients of the 2017 Prime Minister's Literary Awards were announced earlier this month.


You can find the full list of winners and those who made the shortlist here


Read what some of them had to say when asked, where do you find inspiration?


Liz Tynan, winner of the Australian History category for Atomic Thunder: The Maralinga Story (New South Publishing):

I have “writing heroes” whose work not only inspires me but also provides me with practical ideas about composition, description and clarity.  At the top of my list is George Orwell, but I also love Helen Garner, Clive James and John Mortimer.


Wendy Orr, joint winner of the Children’s category for The Dragonfly Song (Allen & Unwin):

Everywhere around me, from my own life and random thoughts. To me the miracle is why some ideas, out of the thousands that flit through our minds every day, should stick and attract more ideas to them until they form the germ of a story. 


Cath Crowley, shortlisted in the Young Adult category for Words in Deep Blue (Pan Macmillan):

Art – if I’m stuck I’ll go to a gallery. 


Thornton McCamish, shortlisted in the Non-Fiction category for Our Man Elsewhere: In Search of Alan Moorehead (Black Inc):

Hard to say: in other people, in memory, but most of all in books, I think. It’s usually other peoples’ books, even ones about subjects miles from my own interests, that spark a new thought or fresh excitement about something I’m already working on.


Eileen Chong, shortlisted in the Poetry category for Painting Red Orchids (Pitt Street Poetry):

I have always maintained that a writer is constantly working. I am a bit of a magpie; everything in my life is fair game. All sorts of things find their way into my poems. Leonard Cohen said that real poetry is the act of living well, and the words are only the ash. I love life, and I hope that shows in my work.


Steven Amsterdam, shortlisted in the Fiction category for The Easy Way Out (Hachette):

Everywhere. Other people. In particular, The Economist’s ‘Technology Quarterly’. This covers how the world will be changing in the coming years. If you read it with a wandering mind you can find at least one new premise for a story in each article.