2020 Calibre Essay Prize winner: Yves Rees


‘Yves Rees is the winner of the 2020 Calibre Essay Prize, worth a total of $7,500, for their essay ‘Reading the Mess Backwards’. As Rees writes, the essay is ‘a story of trans becoming that digs into the messiness of bodies, gender and identity’. Yves Rees receives $5,000.’

Congratulations Yves Rees, on winning the 2020 Calibre Prize for their essay, “Reading The Mess Backwards”.

“… generous, raw, intelligent and beautifully written. A true gift of understanding and compassion to us all.” Clare Wright Historian
We’re thrilled that Yves Rees has recently joined the Jacinta di Mase Management stable”

“Yves Rees proposal, ‘All about Yves: Notes from a Transition’ is both thoughtful and thought provoking. The issues canvassed are fascinating, engaging, and inspired curiosity, and an eagerness to learn more. In almost every paragraph I felt I was seeing the world from a new perspective and, unexpectedly, questioning and rethinking what it means to be a “woman”, a “man”, or indeed, “myself”. I feel grateful to have the chance to represent Yves’ writing, and to work with them to bring it to as many readers as possible. Having the chance work with a writer whose work demonstrates such depth, curiosity, and empathy reminds me why I do what I do. Thank you, Yves Rees.” – Jacinta di Mase, June 2020.

Author: Yves Rees

Australian Book Review

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