The Best Australian Stories 2017

The Best Australian Stories 2017

Maxine Beneba Clarke / Apr 05, 2020

The Best Australian Stories In The Best Australian Stories acclaimed writer Maxine Beneba Clarke brings together our country s leading literary talents Herself an award winning short story writer Beneba Clarke selects exceptio

  • Title: The Best Australian Stories 2017
  • Author: Maxine Beneba Clarke
  • ISBN: 9781863959612
  • Page: 419
  • Format: Paperback
  • In The Best Australian Stories, acclaimed writer Maxine Beneba Clarke brings together our country s leading literary talents Herself an award winning short story writer, Beneba Clarke selects exceptional stories that resonate with experience and truth, and celebrate the art of storytelling.Contributors include Dominic Amerena, Madeline Bailey, Tony Birch, Verity BorthwickIn The Best Australian Stories, acclaimed writer Maxine Beneba Clarke brings together our country s leading literary talents Herself an award winning short story writer, Beneba Clarke selects exceptional stories that resonate with experience and truth, and celebrate the art of storytelling.Contributors include Dominic Amerena, Madeline Bailey, Tony Birch, Verity Borthwick, Raelee Chapman, Elizabeth Tien An Flux, Cassie Hamer, John Kinsella, Julie Koh, Melissa Lucashenko, Myfanwy McDonald, Jennifer Mills, Joshua Mostafa, Ryan O Neill, David Oberg, Allee Richards, Mirandi Riwoe, Josephine Rowe, Joe Rubbo, Beejay Silcox and Ellen van Neerven.

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    About "Maxine Beneba Clarke"

      • Maxine Beneba Clarke

        Maxine Beneba Clarke is an Australian writer and slam poetry champion of Afro Caribbean descent She is the author of the poetry collections Gil Scott Heron is on Parole Picaro Press, 2009 and Nothing Here Needs Fixing Picaro Press, 2013 , the title poem of which won the 2013 Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize Her debut short story collection, Foreign Soil, won the 2013 Victorian Premier s Award for an Unpublished Manuscript and will be published by Hachette Australia in early 2014.As a spoken word performer, Maxine s work has been delivered on stages and airways, and in festivals across the country, including at the Melbourne Writers Festival 2008, 2010, 2013 , Melbourne International Arts Festival 2012 , the Arts Centre 2009 and the Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival 2013 Maxine s short fiction, essays and poetry have been published in numerous publications, including Overland, the Age, Big Issue, Cordite Poetry Review, Harvest, Voiceworks, Going Down Swinging, Mascara, Meanjin, Unusual Work and Peril.She has been poetry editor of the academic journal Social Alternatives 2012 , and spoken word editor for Overland literary journal 2011 12.Maxine has conducted poetry classes and workshops for many organisations, including RMIT, The Victorian Association for the Teaching of English VATE , Writers Victoria, Kensington Neighbourhood House and the Society of Women Writers Vic.


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    1. The recently released The Best Australian Stories 17 (Black Inc. 2017), edited and introduced by Maxine Beneba Clarke, is a compilation of 21 short stories by some of Australia’s best short fiction writers. Featuring work by Ryan O'Neill, Ellen van Neerven and Julie Koh, the stories incorporate fictional truths, magic realism, history and emotion, each with a kernel of poignancy at its heart, each telling a big story in the short form, some with an unexpected twist, and some that feel like the [...]


    2. I don’t often read short stories and this book has me questioning why that is! However, I think the emotional intensity that short stories provide, with their little vignettes, are maybe just to much for my psyche. But this was a great collection with voices speaking from immigrant, Aboriginal, children and working class perspectives, as well as many of the more expected ones. They grabbed at my heart, especially the one from a dyslexic kid’s voice, and another one that imagined Australians [...]


    3. I thoroughly enjoyed this collection and was awed by the talented writers we have in Australia. Each story took me on a journey that had me thinking, staring off into space.


    4. New resolution to read this compilation every year: the best of the stories are either achingly or slammingly good; and the proportion that speak to me is high enough to return. Scattered thoughts because that's all I've got energy for today:* More than a third of the stories take a child's perspective to reflect on trauma, or just a slice of Australian culture. It's a really effective technique, but by the end of the compilation I was a bit over it. It's actually quite difficult to capture a ch [...]


    5. Like all "best" collections, this one is a mixed bag. "Best" in relation to writing (or perhaps any art) can only ever be a subjective judgement and in some cases I found myself questioning how the story got included. In others, it was clear. Josephine Rowe's "Glisk" for me was the standout. This writer comes very close to perfecting the short story form. Others that impressed were "Sissy" by Tony Birch, "Trampoline" by Joe Rubbo and "Dreamers" by Melissa Lucashenko.


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