Posted by: Lisa Hill | June 18, 2021

2021 ALS Gold Medal for Australian Literature shortlist

Congratulations to the six authors shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal for Australian Literature—but I haven’t read any of them!

The Rain Heron by Robbie Arnott, on my TBR

Song of the Crocodile by Nardi Simpson, on my #IndigLitWeek TBR

The Adversary by Ronnie Scott

Throat, by Ellen van Neerven,

The Animals in That Country by Laura Jean McKay and

Cadaver Dog by Luke Best


The winner will be announced on 20th July at the triennial Literary Studies Convention.


  1. What an interesting looking list! I’ve only read one, but would happily try everything on this list if only I had the time!


    • That’s good to hear, I’m going to read it soon myself:)In our dreams, Kim!

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  2. Thank you for sharing this list. I’ll make a note and try to read them all. My local public library is very good at stocking such books. I read ‘Tears of the Crocodile’ just recently, prompted by your #IndigLitWeek post – thanks for that. I loved it.


    • That’s good to hear, I’m reading it soon myself:)


  3. I’ve read three, and would love to find time to read the other three. I’ve read ‘Song of the Crocodile’ , ‘The Animals in that Country’ and ‘The Rain Heron’.


    • Poetry is so hard to review… I’m reading A Spanish poet called Lorca at the moment, and have no idea how to pull my thoughts together about it.


  4. I haven’t heard of two of these books, but that’s probably just because I seem to have had my head in the sand, but I really do need to read Arnott.


    • I hadn’t heard of two of them either, but I’m assuming that’s because they’re not my kind of books. I mean, if none of us have reviewed them, and their publicists haven’t been in touch, they’re probably not.


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