Published on 3 November 2014
A poignant short story by USC PhD student Kate Elkington has been included in an anthology, The Best Australian Stories 2014, that was released this week.
Set in an offshore immigration detention centre, The Interpreter, won high praise from the book’s editor Amanda Lohrey.
“Kate Elkington’s story is remarkable for its skill in conveying a great deal in relatively few words,” Ms Lohrey said.
“In fiction the writer's good intentions are not enough; the writer's technical skill must enlarge our understanding on the intellectual plane as well as appealing to our sympathies. Kate's story is a superb example of getting it right on both counts."
Ms Elkington, of Ilkley, was inspired to write the story after sharing a memorable flight with a Manus Island interpreter a few years ago.
“Australia’s asylum seeker situation is the backdrop of the story, but its focus is on language and how much is unsaid and misunderstood,” she said.
“It’s a real honour to be included in this year’s Best Australian Stories and particularly to be chosen by Amanda Lohrey, whose work I’ve long admired.”
The Interpreter will be included in the composite novel Ms Elkington is currently writing.
Ms Elkington is undertaking a Doctor of Creative Arts (Creative Writing) at USC where she also completed a Master of Communication (Creative Writing) and tutored for several years.
The Best Australian Stories 2014 is published by Black Inc Books and is available nationally in stores.
— Jane Cameron