Subhash Jaireth receiving a Critics’ Circle Award in 2020. Photograph: Peter Hislop

VETERAN Canberra poet and essayist Subhash Jaireth has immediately (September 29) been introduced as winner of the $10,000 2021 ACT E book of the Yr for his assortment of essays, “Spinoza’s Overcoat”.

His award-winning ebook makes use of the essay type to discover the lives of writers, poets and their travels.

Jaireth, who obtained a Canberra Critics’ Circle award in 2020 for his poetic output, accepted the award by reciting a poem.

Describing him as a author of worldwide significance, the judges commented: “This main achievement takes a broad literary perspective, pushing type and development of poetics. That is first-class cultural criticism, in a voice that’s daring and uncommon, transferring and lifting. Subhash Jaireth is an excellent author, poet and researcher, and above all true to himself.”

Born in India, Jaireth spent 9 years in Russia finding out geology and Russian literature earlier than migrating to Australia and Canberra, the place he has develop into a revered member of the literary neighborhood.

He has revealed poetry in Hindi, English and Russian and even had a play about Russian creator Anton Chekov’s household staged at The Road Theatre.

ACT E book of the Yr 2021

  • Winner:Spinoza’s Overcoat” by Subhash Jaireth
  • Extremely Recommended:Oil Below Troubled Water” by Bernard Collaery
  • Extremely Recommended:Doggerland” by Moya Pacey
  • Shortlisted: “Completely” by Dr PS Cottier
  • Shortlisted: “Nigh” by Dr Penelope Layland
  • Shortlisted: “The Trials of Portnoy” by Dr Patrick Mullins






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Ian Meikle, editor