A York husband and wife were among those on the poetry shortlist for this year¡¯s prestigious Age Book of the Year awards.

John Kinsella's Shades of the Sublime and the Beautiful and Tracy Ryan's, Scar Revision, published by Fremantle Press made the list. The others on this list were Anthony Lawrence's Bark and David Malouf's, Typewriter Music published by Queensland University Press along with J S Harry's, Not Finding Wittgenstein published by Giramondo Press.

Harry's book won the poetry section of the awards. Overall winner was Don Watson's American Journeys which also took out the award for non-fiction.  Tim Winton's Breath won the fiction award.

Speaking after the awards were announced, Tracy Ryan said that while she and John had not won the award it was an honour to have made the short list. It was also most unusual for a husband and wife to have been jointly nominated.

"People often ask if there is competition between us and are surprised when we say there's not. "We support each other and find joy in each other's achievements," she said.

Lindsay McNeill

PHOTO: John Kinsella and Tracy Ryan at home in York with Mount Bakewell in the background.