The Literary Saloon has been providing commentary on the upcoming Nobel announcement, including info on the latest odds. (You can even bet on whether the prize winner will travel to Stockholm to pick up the goods).
The current list from Ladbrokes contains not a single Australian, which I guess is no real surprise. In light of the Institute of Public Affairs inclusion of Patrick White’s win on its list of Australia’s 13 biggest mistakes“, recent State Funerals for a car driver and a crocodile wrangler and the almost complete neglect of the passing of a great writer, an Australian Nobel winner could be quite the tonic we need. Australians love their sport and what better than a competition to spark public interest in literature?
The obvious next question is, who are the worthy contenders? I can only think of one: Les Murray.
Update: I have expanded on this theme at Online Opinion.
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