Shortlist year: 2014

Shortlist category: Poetry

Published by: Black Pepper

A children’s game in an overgrown garden is the first hint of a troubling presence in the old house ‘Eldershaw’. But is the haunting a memory of the past inscribed in the stonework or a discord the occupants have brought with them?

Eldershaw is a brilliant piece of ‘uncanny’ fiction… alive and convincing at every point, crackling with engagement and intensity.

Martin Duwell, Australian Poetry Review

[A] wonderful love poem and elegy… [of] almost unbearable poignancy. The final dateless narrative, ‘The Pool’, is a high point of Australian poetry.

Geoffrey Lehmann, The Weekend Australian

About the author

Stephen Edgar

Stephen Edgar, born 1951 in Sydney, studied Classics and English at the University of Tasmania.

Lost in the Foreground won the 2003 Grace Leven prize and the William Baylebridge Memorial Prize. He won the inaugural ABR Poetry Prize in 2005 for ‘Man on the Moon’, which appears in Other Summers.  In 2006 he won the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal. In 2009 a second William Baylebridge Prize for History of the Day.

Having published 10 collections, the last four with Black Pepper, he has twice been shortlisted for the PM’s literary award. His new book ‘Transparencies’ will be published in 2017.