ABR_Apr2014CoverFinal_MRCongratulations to Christine Piper, who has won the 2014 Calibre Prize for an Outstanding Essay for ‘Unearthing the past‘.

The essay focuses on Japan’s biological warfare program during WW2 and the present-day civilian activism movement to uncover it.

One of the prize’s judges Peter Rose said, ‘Christine Piper’s inspired essay complements Calibre’s long record of highlighting essays of real quality and moment. Readers will not easily forget this bracing and important essay.’

Christine has blogged about the evolution of the winning essay, and tweets at @cyberpiper

The winning essay is published in the April 2014 issue of ABR.



Christine Piper is a freelance writer and editor. Her articles and reviews have been widely published, and her short fiction has appeared in SeizureSWAMP and Things That Are Found In Trees and Other Stories. I also edited the 2010 UTS Writers’ Anthology: I can see my house from here.

Christine’s novel, After Darkness, has been shortlisted for the 2014 The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award. It is about Japanese civilian internment in Australia (see: lovedayproject.com). She was the 2013 Alice Hayes writing fellow at Ragdale in the United States, and has studied at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Macquarie University and the University of Technology, Sydney (where she wrote After Darkness as part of her Doctor of Creative Arts degree).

Born in South Korea to a Japanese mother and an Australian father, Christine moved to Australia when she was one. She has previously taught English and studied Japanese in Japan, and currently lives in New York.