Stella Prize 2023 Longlist Reading – Big Beautiful Female Theory by Eloise Grills

Defying genres, Big Beautiful Female Theory by Eloise Grills is part graphic memoir, part essay collection, part poetry, part comic book. The theme that runs through the illustrations and text focuses on self-image and the female body and its depiction in art and popular culture. Continue reading

So I’ve made a really long list for the purposes of 2023 Stella longlist

This is the list I’ll be making my 2023 Stella Prize longlist predictions from. Sing out if there are errors (for example the book was not actually published in 2022) or if there are books I’ve missed – my compilation of this list involves absolutely no quality control.

The longlist will be announced on March 2, 2023. Continue reading

Things That Are Making Me Happy This Week

01. Two things have happened this week that felt ‘normal’ (dare I say it?). The first was sitting in a full theatre to see the musical production of Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home. It was terrific – the transitions between Alison as a child, young adult, and adult were so clever. And there was one song (the children’s advertisement for the family funeral home, complete with a Jackson Family beat) that had me crying tears of laughter. Continue reading