I think I'm in love with Kevin Rudd, Australia's new premier.
Yes, he may nibble his own ear wax and spend boozy nights in strip joints, he may (as Barry Humphries says) look like a dentist, and have the naffest bloke's name in the known universe.
But within hours of getting into office he not only ratified the Kyoto Protocol, he also announced a generous new literary prize for Australian authors. Now how's that for prioritising?
The Prime Minister's Literary Prize will reward the published fiction book of the year, and published non-fiction book of the year with the authors receiving a whopping A$100,000, (tax-free) the Australian reports. A further $100,000 is to be spent each year on promoting and administering the awards.
Only the IMPAC Dublin Literary award is worth more (£100,000).
Writers and publishers are, of course, overjoyed yesterday by the decision.
Because quite apart from the fact that authors often find it hard to make a living from their craft, an award like this sends out the message that writers are valued, and perks up public interest in books like nothing else.
Good on yer, Kev!
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