Detained refugee wins Australia's richest literary prize

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Richard Watts

Behrouz Boochani, a Kurdish-Iranian refugee, has won the $100,000 Victorian Prize for Literature for his first book, No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison.

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Translator Omid Tofighian holds his phone to the microphone so that Behrouz Boochani can speak to the crowd. Photo credit: Andrew Wrathall, Books+Publishing.

About the author

Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on community radio station Three Triple R FM.

The founder of the Emerging Writers' Festival, Richard currently serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's Committee of Management and on the Green Room Awards Independent Theatre panel.

He is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and in 2017 was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Festival Living Legend.

Twitter: @richardthewatts