Yet again, the Stella Prize longlist announcement has illustrated the breadth of literary fiction being created by Australian women.
The longlist titles are:
The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree (Shokoofeh Azar, Wild Dingo Press)
A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work (Bernadette Brennan, Text)
Anaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness (Kate Cole-Adams, Text)
Terra Nullius (Claire G Coleman, Hachette)
The Life to Come (Michelle de Kretser, A&U)
This Water: Five Tales (Beverley Farmer, Giramondo)
The Green Bell: A Memoir of Love, Madness and Poetry (Paula Keogh, Affirm)
An Uncertain Grace (Krissy Kneen, Text)
The Choke (Sofie Laguna, A&U)
Martin Sharp: His Life and Times (Joyce Morgan, A&U)
The Fish Girl (Mirandi Riwoe, Seizure)
Tracker (Alexis Wright, Giramondo)
Interestingly the judges’ report contained the following paragraph
Many of the books entered look to the future and to the past in order to deepen our understanding of the present. The books submitted reflect the importance of imagination in all of our lives. It is also apparent that writers are increasingly conscious of whose story they are telling and who has a right to tell that story, and how to do so respectfully.
It’s heartening to see attention being paid to this issue.