“It seems plausible to consider
That birds were the architects for trees.
or a fork,
for every nesting cradle; a branch for every grip.
And they designed a structure
to which insects are naturally attracted
like women to the shops.”
from Mateship with Birds
by Carrie Tiffany
Congratulations to Carrie Tiffany on winning the 2013 Stella Prize for Mateship with Birds!
The Stella Prize for Australian women’s writing was first mooted in late 2010 in response to a US survey that revealed how infrequently books by female writers were reviewed and how infrequently those doing the reviewing were women.
Tiffany was presented with the $50,000 prize at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and announced she was returning $10,000 so the other shortlisted authors – Courtney Collins, Michelle de Kretser, Lisa Jacobson, Cate Kennedy and Margo Lanagan – could be honoured.
Mateship with Birds has been shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s award for fiction and long-listed for the Miles Franklin, the Women’s Fiction Prize (formerly the Orange) in Britain and, in its 20th year, the Kibble award for Australian female writers.