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The Sunlit Zone - Humanity+ @Melbourne 2012

April 01, 2013

The Sunlit Zone is a moving elegy of love and loss, admirable for its narrative sweep and the compelling family dynamic that drives it. A risk-taking work of rare, imaginative power.

The Sunlit Zone combines the narrative drive of the novel with the perfect pitch of true poetry. A darkly futuristic vision shot through with bolts of light. Brilliant, poignant, disconcerting. — Adrian Hyland, author of Kinglake 350 and Diamond Dove.

This novel in verse, at once magical and irresistible, draws us into a vivid future. In Lisa Jacobson’s telling, the Australian fascination with salt water and sea change is made over anew. Romance holds hands with science and takes to the ocean. — Chris Wallace-Crabbe, author of The Domestic Sublime and By and Large.


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“Much of the addictive quality comes from the sheer skill with which Jacobson builds narrative suspense and unfolds character and cultural situation, in an ecocidally blighted Melbourne around 2050.” Judging Panel, 2012 Wesley Michel Wright Prize

News just in: The Sunlit Zone 2013 Stella Prize listing
You can view the long-list here and for those of you who haven’t read The Sunlit Zone yet, this introspective Cordite review by Jessica Wilkinson may be of interest to you.

Chair of the Stella Prize judging panel, Kerryn Goldsworthy, says: Out of the almost 200 original entries, the judges have arrived at a varied and eclectic longlist that reflects the breadth of imagination, knowledge and skill in contemporary Australian women’s writing. The list includes a collection of short stories, a fantasy novel, a speculative-fiction verse novel, and three non-fiction books with very different subjects and styles. There are mixed-genre books involving biography, history, memoir and art; there are novels about real people, and nonfiction books using the beautiful writing techniques of fiction. There are stories from the past and from the future; stories of children at risk, of racial tension, of world travel, and of unimaginable danger and loss.
The judges will now decide on a shortlist that will be announced on Wednesday 20 March.

2012 Wesley Michel Wright Poetry Prize (University of Melbourne)
2009 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards—Unpublished Manuscript category

The Sunlit Zone as Set Text
Victoria University (Studying Poetry & Poetics)
Bendigo TAFE (Professional Writing & Editing)

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