We are absolutely delighted that Heather Rose has won The Stella Prize for 2017 with The Museum of Modern Love. Of winning the The Stella Prize, Heather Rose said:
“Winning this year’s Stella Prize means I have been financially rewarded for my work. But, even more than the incredible prize money, is the sense of encouragement and acknowledgement that will stay with me for all of my days.
To the Stella Prize judges: that you have bestowed your trust in The Museum of Modern Love is utterly remarkable to me, but I am honoured and touched and utterly thrilled.”
You can read Heather's full acceptance speech here, where she pays tribute to the Stella Prize and its potential to be a powerful catalyst for social change.
"I want to reflect on the women who banded together to create this Prize in 2013, and the Stella ambassadors, patrons and supporters whose generosity brings such recognition to the writing of Australian women each year. I have no doubt that this single, bold, generous and audacious prize will yet be pivotal.
Encouraging and applauding the success of women might become an elegant and subversive act of cultural freedom. An act that with unflinching determination we use to redefine our social landscape and realise our human potential. So that women and men in all their endeavours – in the arts, business, sport, health, education, politics, trades, media, sciences and domestic life – are equally respected, equally safe, equally heard and equally celebrated."
Here's what judges said of The Museum of Modern Love:
“The Museum of Modern Love is an unusual and remarkable achievement, a meditation on the social, spiritual and artistic importance of seeing and being seen. It is rare to encounter a novel with such powerful characterisation, such a deep understanding of the consequences of personal and national history, and such dazzling and subtle explorations of the importance of art in everyday life.”
– Brenda Walker, Chair of the 2017 judging panel - read the full judge's report here.
Now in its fifth year, The Stella Prize is open to works of both fiction and nonfiction by Australian women, and this year attracted more than 180 entries before being whittled down to a longlist of twelve and then a shortlist of six.
by Heather Rose
Winner of the 2017 Stella Prize. A mesmerising literary novel about a lost man in search of connection - a meditation on love, art and commitment, set against the backdrop of one of the greatest art events in modern history, Marina Abramovic's The Artist is Present.