ABR Calibre Essay Prize

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Delighted to announce that my essay on Ragnar Kjartannson’s “The Visitors,” art, longing and motherhood was runner-up in the Australian Book Review Calibre Essay Prize. Out in the May issue of ABR. Read it online here.

“Yes, where are the children, I find myself wondering, as I watch the musicians play in this beautifully decorated house of art and artistic autonomy? Who is looking after the children, and listening to the music being played, and not playing music herself? Is she down in the garden somewhere, off screen, or out of sight on the other side of the verandah, instructing the children to be quiet so that they do not spoil the recording? … This is what motherhood has done to my imagination.”

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