Anne Elvey’s ‘Kin’ shortlisted for the 2015 Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry

Congratulations to the luminous and talented Anne Elvey, whose book Kin has been shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Prize this year. Keeping fine company with Michael Aiken, Judith Beveridge, Libby Hart, John Mateer and David Malouf.

The judges’ comments on Kin can be read below; comments on the other shortlisted books can be found here. Best of luck to all!

‘This spare poetry investigates the body as a sensorium in its careful observations of the various ways of being in the world. The poetry’s sensual lyricism demonstrates how, through the body, we experience gravity, weather, light and sound. Skin is one interface between us and other humans and between us and the natural and urban world. The language of the poetry is itself a kind of skin that registers the bodily experience of kinship with trees, birds, sand and rain but also with the urban environment of steel, bitumen and glass.
These relationships are fragile; the poems remind us of human mortality. Ecological damage and death also impact upon the non-human world and much of the poetry has an elegiac tone. The possibility of forgiveness and grace flutter at the edges of these poems like the many birds they figure. The poems also investigate other forms of kinship such as ethical non-Indigenous approaches to Aboriginal country and the memorialisation of loss and destruction. Kin is a meditative and thoughtful collection. It is marked with an unobtrusive erudition and intertextual references to a number of other poets ranging from Wilfred Owen to Judith Wright.’

Kin can be purchased here.

The 2014 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature Shortlist was announced a couple days ago and surprise, surprise…

Lisa Jacobson’s ‘The Sunlit Zone’ is once again featured in the running. You can view the shortlist here:






Five Islands Press were well represented at The Stella Prize last night…

Our managing co-editor Kevin Brophy headed along to support Lisa Jacobson. ‘The Sunlit Zone’ did not take out the main prize, but congratulations to the gracious winner Carrie Tiffany who selflessly shared some prize-money with the shortlist. Thanks also to the organizers of the Stella Prize, especially Megan Quinlan, for running such a tight ship.

CLICK HERE to read a Q&A that The Stella Prize conducted with Lisa, it gives you exclusive insight into her “writing place”.

Congratulations to Lisa Jacobson for making the longlist of the prestigious Stella Prize…

You can view the longlist here and for those of you who haven’t read The Sunlit Zone yet, this introspective Cordite review by Jessica Wilkinson may be of interest to you.

Chair of the Stella Prize judging panel, Kerryn Goldsworthy, says:

Out of the almost 200 original entries, the judges have arrived at a varied and eclectic longlist that reflects the breadth of imagination, knowledge and skill in contemporary Australian women’s writing. The list includes a collection of short stories, a fantasy novel, a speculative-fiction verse novel, and three non-fiction books with very different subjects and styles. There are mixed-genre books involving biography, history, memoir and art; there are novels about real people, and nonfiction books using the beautiful writing techniques of fiction. There are stories from the past and from the future; stories of children at risk, of racial tension, of world travel, and of unimaginable danger and loss.

The judges will now decide on a shortlist that will be announced on Wednesday 20 March.

The Internet seems to have swallowed some more exciting news of ours, Michelle Cahill and Lisa Jacobson have both been shortlisted…

Congratulations to Lisa Jacobson, The Sunlit Zone has been shortlisted for the prestigious Wesley Michel Wright Prize for Poetry 2012.

Michelle Cahill has also been shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, please vote for Vishvarupa in the Poetry category.

You can vote here:

Here is Michelle pictured several times with Premier Ted Baillieu –

Congratulations to Mal McKimmie for taking out the Age Book of the Year Award 2012 for Poetry…

It was announced last Thursday at the Melbourne Writers Festival that The Brokenness Sonnets I-III & Other Poems had been awarded The Age poetry prize.
The book of the year was awarded to James Boyce.

Here is Mal featured in The Age on Friday –

Mal has also been mentioned by one of our favourite bloggers LiteraryMinded –