South Pole shortlisted for the Margaret Scott Prize

South Pole: Nature and Culture by Elizabeth Leane has been shortlisted for the Margaret Scott Prize, an award given annually in honour of the author, poet, educator and public intellectual Margaret Scott (1934–2005). The award is to be announced along with other category winners of the Premier's Literary Prizes at the end of November.

The Premier’s Literary Prizes are the Tasmanian State Government’s literary awards. The awards, given annually, celebrate the richness of the Tasmanian literary sector and acknowledge the particular influence that Tasmania has on written work including literary fiction, writing about politics and society, travel writing, poetry, histories and graphic novels.

To learn more about the prize and the announcement of winners at a Government House event on the 27th of November, please visit the Tasmanian Arts Guide website.

About the book
In South Pole Elizabeth Leane explores the important challenges that this strange place poses to humanity. What is its lure? How and why should people live there? How can artists respond to its apparent blankness? What can it teach us about our planet and ourselves? Along the way, she considers the absurdities and banalities of human engagement with the Pole.

Ranging chronologically from the ancient Greeks to the present, and featuring spectacular images of the South Pole, this book offers a fascinating history of the symbolic heart of the Antarctic.

About the author
Elizabeth Leane is Associate Professor of English at the University of Tasmania. She is also the author of Reading Popular Physics (2007) and Antarctica in Fiction (2012), and the co-editor of Considering Animals (2011).

Elizabeth Leane
South Pole: Nature and Culture