Heather Rose wins the Margaret Scott prize 2017


We are delighted to announce that The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose has won the Margaret Scott prize for best book by a Tasmanian writer at the Tasmanian Premier’s Literary Awards!
What the judges said:
In this memorable book Heather Rose magically transforms the insistently embodied work of performance artist Marina Abramovic into a world accessed through words alone. Abramovic’s 2010 performance, The Artist is Present, was distinctly original. This engaging and deeply touching literary counterpart is similarly inventive. Heather Rose’s cast of characters connect via Abramovic in this deeply human and vibrant novel. Just as New York’s Museum of Modern Art was central to Abramovic’s performance, Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art hovers over Heather Rose’s novel as an invisible and potent presence. Like the museum of its setting in New York, and the museum of its composition in Hobart, this book is an inspiring testimony to the power of art to draw us out of the ordinary, and after mesmerising and confusing us, to return us to ourselves the same and yet different.
The Museum of Modern Love also won the people’s choice award in this category.
The rest of the winners and more information can be found here


The Museum of Modern Love

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.

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