Panthers and the Museum of Fire

By Jen Craig


Jen Craig

Judges' report


Panthers and the Museum of Fire is about a woman returning a manuscript to the sister of its deceased writer. It is immersively written in a stream-of-consciousness style that takes the reader directly into her reflections on life, friendship and, importantly, her own writing.

The unpretentious truths and agonies, soul-searching and tenuous self-regard of the artist’s life are brilliantly and immediately depicted, in writing that deploys European modernist literary techniques in an Australian setting. In Jen Craig’s novella, voice, character and vocation combine in a sophisticated and accessible narrative.

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Reviews:

‘There is so much that is intriguing in Panthers…Jen Craig is concerned with both loss of memory and the falsification of experience and she explores her themes through the technique he pioneered, a hypnotic “mash-up” of fact and fiction.’ Catherine Skipper, South Sydney Herald

Panthers & the Museum of Fire is genuinely fresh, radical, exciting, brave and utterly self-aware. It is unconcerned with anything except the telling of the story and the uniqueness of its voice. The fact that it is reckless with conventions only deepens its charm and appeal.’ Lynette Washington, The Clothes Line

‘The writing is brilliant, the sentences surround the subject matter like a maze. For those who like fiction that forces them into thought, this short work is one of the most uncompromising works of new literature you are likely to find this year.’ Ed Wright, The Australian

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