Kiwi writer nabs Oz prize

Last updated 05:00 30/10/2011
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Nicolas Low is spending the summer "on the third draft of a manuscript, a historical fiction about a half-Irish, half-Chinese girl who's born on the day gold is discovered in Victoria".

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Melbourne-based expat artist Nicolas Low has won a Griffith Review Emerging Writers' Prize. Low, who's of Ngai Tahu descent, shared the non-fiction award. His story Octopus, which takes its starting point from the Ruatoki "terror" raids, appears in the annual new fiction edition of the Review, a quarterly produced by Griffith University and Text Publishing.

Says Low: "I write fairly surreal, satirical short fiction, for publications like The Big Issue, Griffith Review and The Lifted Brow, generally taking ideas from everyday life – Facebook, privacy, advertising, media, travel – and pushing them to absurd places."

Low, 32, shares the non-fiction award with Meera Atkinson. Romy Ash and Rachael S Morgan. Low, who is an installation artist, graphic designer, photographer, event organiser and blogger at dislocated.org, has a day job at the University of Melbourne. He says he is spending the summer "on the third draft of a manuscript, a historical fiction about a half-Irish, half-Chinese girl who's born on the day gold is discovered in Victoria". He has written a piece about Christchurch's Victorian buildings for the February edition of the Griffith Review.

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