The Stella Award is specifically for Aussie Women writers and the longlist was released on February 8 with all due celebration.
I was really pleased to note that Terra Nullius by Claire Coleman, which I’ve mentioned a couple of times, was part of the list! There would be something terribly wrong if Alexis Wright, author of amazing books such as The Swan Book and Carpentaria wasn’t included for her nonfiction book Tracker, about the life of Tracker Tilmouth. It’s also nice to see An Uncertain Grace by Krissy Kneen from Avid Reader on the list as well).
Here’s the full list for your reading pleasure – I’ve linked each book title to the relevant Stellas page so you can read the description and judges comments:
The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar
A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work by Bernadette Brennan
Anaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness by Kate Cole-Adams
Terra Nullius by Claire G Coleman
The Life to Come by Michelle de Kretser
This Water: Five Tales by Beverley Farmer
The Green Bell: A Memoir of Love, Madness and Poetry by Paula Keogh
An Uncertain Grace by Krissy Kneen
The Choke by Sofie Laguna
Martin Sharp: His Life and Times by Joyce Morgan
The Fish Girl by Mirandi Riwoe
Tracker by Alexis Wright
I have to confess that most of these were not on my radar, which is why I love the Stellas for bringing them to my attention.
What do you think of the list? Are you happy? Is there something missing? Are you going to read through the list? Do any strike your fancy for the Aussies Rule Challenge ?