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Homecoming Shortlisted for the 2022 Stella Prize

Thu, Apr 14, 2022

Magabala is excited to announced that Homecoming by Elfie Shiosaki has been shortlisted for the 2022 Stella Prize.

Homecoming is a tender, yet fierce compilation of poetry, prose and archive that spans four generations of the women in Elfie’s family. It is a deeply respectful ode to the persistence of Noongar people in the face of colonisation and its afterlives.

The Stella judges report says:

Elfie Shiosaki writes with a steady – and often invisible – hand, amplifying the voices of people whose words have been buried for too long.

 

Shiosaki has produced a work of careful excavation. With an extraordinarily light touch on the page, Shiosaki moves beyond authorship, occupying, instead, the liminal space of daughter, caretaker, and choirmaster to a chorus of voices.

 

Shiosaki has delivered a work of poetic and narrative genius and can be read either as an ensemble of poems or as a single piece that moves seamlessly between the elegiac and the joyful. Homecoming is a gift to the nation, one that works its magic with a quiet grace and an unstinting clarity.

 The 2022 Stella Prize shortlist spans fiction, nonfiction, social history, a book-length essay, a graphic novel, and – eligible for the first time in 2022 – poetry.

The winner will be announced on the 27 April.