- THE DOROTHY HEWETT AWARD
Our Lady of the Fence Post
Our Lady of the Fence Post is an imaginative response to news reports of the appearance of a Marian apparition on the construction site of a memorial for victims of the Bali bombing at Coogee, Sydney, in January 2003.
One year after 9/11, terrorists had bombed Paddy’s Irish Pub and the Sari Club in Kuta, Bali, killing 202 people, including 88 Australians. Within days of the report of the Marian apparition huge crowds started visiting the site, dubbed ‘Our Lady of the Fence Post’ by the press.
Our Lady of the Fence Post tells the story of the ‘war on terror’, from the Bali bombing to ISIS suicide bombing in 2015, from the point of view of locals in the fictional setting of Sunshine Bay, in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs.
Shortlisted - 2017 The Asher Literary Award
Commended - 2016 Anne Elder Award
Praise for Our Lady of the Fence Post:
A wonderful piece of work, very original and imaginative.JUDITH BEVERIDGE
An impressive and ambitious poetic sequence.KATE LILLEY
In a poignant, generous, ethically subtle and sometime humorous verse narrative ranging across a series of carefully conjured personalities and scenes, Crone allegorically renders the Australian social imaginary and its sometimes gravely consequential histories and conundrums. This is the work of a talented, perceptive and spirited author.PETER MINTER