Tracker by Alexis Wright.
I was lucky to attend the event this year (held at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art). I had a million fan-girl moments. Tracey Spicer’s opening address about history’s reluctance to hear women’s voices, and her inclusion of personal stories was powerful but of course the crowd was busting for the 2018 Prize announcement.
You can read Wright’s acceptance speech here but I will highlight some words that were truly wonderful. In acknowledging the ancestral stories of Indigenous people, Wright said –
“…we safeguard in the world’s oldest library – the land, seas, skies and atmosphere of this country.”