Aussies Rule Challenge 11 – A book that features Aboriginal Spirituality

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Hi folks, it’s been a while since I’ve posted specifically about the Aussies Rule Challenge (life has been doing a thing) but we’re back! How is it September already? How is your challenge going?

I thought I would talk about prompt 11 today, which is a book that features Aboriginal spirituality (by an Aboriginal author).

The more I explore Aboriginal writing the less I realise I know (true for all things for me, but definitely in this area). Most of the reading I have done of Aboriginal writing up until recently seems to have been of memoir styled stories. A number of fiction writers that I have read more recently beautifully weave their spirituality through their works, and this are the ones I’m going to be suggesting today. This is probably the smallest number of authors and books that I have suggested for a prompt, but I don’t think you could go wrong with any of them.

Alexis Wright

Kim Scott

Melissa Lucashenko

What other books would you add to this list?

Cheers,

The Stella Longlist

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Hi everyone!

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 ?

Alexis Wright Essay – What Happens When You Tell Somebody Else’s Story

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Hey everyone,

Please check out this wonderful essay by Alexis Wright from the current edition of Meanjin. Wright talks about the importance of the Aboriginal people’s ability to tell their own stories, and the damage inflicted when white people take over the narrative.

https://meanjin.com.au/essays/what-happens-when-you-tell-somebody-elses-story/

(Meanjin is a quarterly publication, well worth the subscription price).