2021 - Shortlisted
After Australia, edited by Michael Mohammed Ahmad, is an urgent and fierce anthology that tackles some of the most pressing issues of our era with thought, courage and optimism. From climate, racial justice, police violence and plague, 12 of Australia’s most compelling writers grapple with what the world looks like today, and where it could end up. Each writer brings a distinct style and topic, but together the book serves as a powerful voice advocating for a future that needs to be better than the one we’re currently on track to face.
A country founded on dispossession like Australia, cannot publish enough literature grappling with its legacy. After Australia is grounded in that understanding of this country’s original sin, but weaves through stories of the migrant experience over time, creating a disruptive but necessary intervention that crashes through the white status quo.