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WINNER, 2022 WESTERN AUSTRALIAN BOOK AWARDS, THE PREMIER'S PRIZE FOR AN EMERGING WRITER
SHORTLISTED, 2022 PRIME MINISTER'S LITERARY AWARDS, POETRY
SHORTLISTED, 2022 ALS GOLD MEDAL
SHORTLISTED, 2022 STELLA PRIZE
SHORTLISTED, 2022 ADELAIDE FESTIVAL AWARDS FOR LITERATURE, JOHN BRAY POETRY AWARD
SHORTLISTED, 2021 QUEENSLAND LITERARY AWARDS, JUDITH WRIGHT CALANTHE AWARD FOR POETRY COLLECTION
HIGHLY COMMENDED, 2022 VICTORIAN PREMIER'S LITERARY AWARDS, POETRY & INDIGENOUS WRITING
Homecoming pieces together fragments of stories about four generations of Noongar women and explores how they navigated the changing landscapes of colonisation, protectionism, and assimilation to hold their families together.
This seminal collection of poetry, prose and historical colonial archives, tells First Nations truths of unending love for children—those that were present, those taken, those hidden and those that ultimately stood in the light.
Homecoming speaks to the intergenerational dialogue about Country, kin and culture. This elegant and extraordinary form of restorative story work amplifies Aboriginal women’s voices, and enables four generations of women to speak for themselves. This sublime debut highlights the tenacity of family as well as First Nation’s agency to resist, survive and renew.
Elfie Shiosaki has restored humanity and power to her family in this beautifully articulated collection and has given voice to those silenced by our brutal past.
"...intimate and personal, but also epic in the breadth of its history of Aboriginal people: a history filled with dignified refusal and acts of defiance."
– Camilla Nelson, The Conversation
"This sublime debut highlights the tenacity of family as well as First Nation’s agency to resist, survive and renew."
"…there’s power in Shiosaki’s words...a challenging reminder of our past and a challenge to the behaviours and attitudes of today." ⭐⭐⭐⭐
– Rod Lewis, GLAM Adelaide
"'Homecoming' is a stellar constellation."
– Dr Jeanine Leanne, Australian Book Review
"Verging on the hypnotic in its effect, ‘Homecoming’ is at once a lullaby, and a lament." ★★★★★
– Gregory Dobbs, Good Reading
"...elegant and extraordinary..."
– Australian Arts Review