The Stella Prize 2017 Longlist


I’ve been glued to Twitter all evening, busting to hear the Stella Prize 2017 longlist announcement. It’s here, so now I can relax (and start reading and predicting) –

01. The Media and the Massacre, Port Arthur 1996-2016 by Sonya Voumard
02. Dying by Cory Taylor (Vale)
03. Wasted by Elspeth Muir
04. The High Places by Fiona McFarlane
05. Avalanche by Julia Leigh
06. An Isolated Incident by Emily Maguire
07. The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose
08. Offshore by Madeline Gleeson
09. Poum and Alexandre by Catherine de Saint Phalle
10. The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke
11. Between a Wolf and a Dog by Georgia Blain
12. Victoria: The Queen by Julia Baird

I haven’t read any yet. I’m about to get very busy.

It’s going to be a great reading year.




22 responses

    • The Blain, Rose and Taylor are probably first on my list. I’ll read a few so that I’m not scrambling to get through them when the short-list is announced! (although knowing my luck I’ll pick ones that don’t make the shortlist!).

  1. I’ve read (and reviewed) three: Emily Maguire’s is excellent; Sonya Voumard’s is a very important book indeed given current media issues, and Georgia Blain’s was her best book yet. I’ve had The Museum of Modern Love on the TBR for a while without getting excited enough to pick it up, so I’ll take another look at it tonight…

    • I’ve had Museum on my TBR list for a while as well but it’s the Blain that I’ll read first. Also keen to read the Voumard. I just hit my local library online reserve system and placed lots of orders!

      So, does your Clarke prediction still stand or has the longlist changed your thoughts?

      • I’ve started Museum, I’m just under half way through. It’s much more cerebral than I expected.
        Well, I read a review of the Clarke poetry this weekend, the one that won the poetry section of the Vic Premier’s Prize, and the reviewer wasn’t overly impressed. #Paraphrasing because it’s a full column review: He (Michael Farrell in The Australian) thought the sentiments were powerful, but the poetry itself was lacking in some ways. “Her poetic form is largely an assembling of affective and activist image bytes and fragments. This is clearly a generative mode, but there’s a sense of struggling to get the timing of poems to work on the page. They work well when read aloud.” He says the poems “bear the effects of the social, of immediate connection needed with audience, yet this is the social reduced rather than inflected or complicated in the poem.”
        It wasn’t the Clarke book I had expected to win (which was The Hate Race in the NF section) but the one which won was equally political (the Manus Island refugees one), and the overall winner even more so, The Drover’s Wife which is a play. So who knows, it’s hard for judges when a literary community has been accused of being racist (have you seen the videos about Africa on the Wheeler Centre website?)

  2. Bother, we’ve had some family stuff going on tonight & I forgot about this. Thanks for the timely distraction – I’ve got 11 books to get started on!!

    • At nearly 700 pages I think I’ll probably leave it at this stage – of course, if it gets shortlisted I’ll be under the pump to get through it for the Stella book group… might have to call Clive’s mum for a rundown πŸ˜€

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