National Biography Award
The National Biography Award was established in 1996 by Dr Geoffrey Cains and generously supported by the late Michael Crouch AC to encourage the highest standards of writing in biographical writing, and to promote public interest in the genre. It is the richest national prize dedicated to Australian biographical writing and memoir. The Award's growth and success recognises and reflects the continuing interest in stories about ordinary people with extraordinary lives.
After its prestigious history being supported by the Crouch family, the Nelson Meers Foundation is supporting the award. In recognition of the long standing support from the late Michael Crouch AC, the Nelson Meers Foundation has also established an additional prize in his honour for a first published biography/memoir by an Australian writer.
Why did we fund this project? It's often easy to lose sight of the individual in our society. The unique art of telling the story of an individual needs dedication, sensitivity and compassion. This award recognises the hard work that goes into shining a light on extraordinary lives so we as a society can continue to remember the capacity of the human spirit.
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