Sarah Holland-Batt writing new book related to The Jaguar
18 July 2023
Brisbane based Australian author Sarah Holland-Batt, winner of the 2023 Stella Prize, is working on a new book, which will published in Australia and New Zealand by the University of Queensland Press (UQP). A work of creative nonfiction, the new title will be a follow up of sorts to Holland-Batt’s award winning collection of poetry, The Jaguar, which explored her late father’s struggle with Parkinson’s disease, and subsequent death.
In my new work of creative nonfiction, I consider the unsettling question of what a personality is, if it can be changed as profoundly and completely as my father’s was after his brain surgery for Parkinson’s Disease… I am deeply interested in the question of who we are when we are in cognitive decline, and what it means to become other to ourselves.