PhD candidate Oliver Driscoll, supervised by Associate Professor Maria Takolander, has won a Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Award for Narrative Non-Fiction. The prize-winning work, called ‘I guess what you say is true’, forms part of the creative artefact of Oliver’s PhD thesis.
The judges said: “‘I guess what you say is true’ is a long narrative treatise that explores, amongst other subjects, Alexsander Hemon, Bosnia and Herzegovina and particularly the city of Sarajevo, illness, travel, warfare, boredom, work, and art. It stood out for the subtle connections it makes and/or breaks: the connections between life itself and the attempt to record and narrativize it, the connections between fiction and non-fiction, the connections between human beings. Displaying a distinct understanding of how form and content can deeply interweave, this nuanced and meandering essay ultimately disregards any compulsion for neat resolution, leaving readers wanting more, and quietly inviting them to fill those gaps.”