WINNER OF THE NSW PREMIER'S ETHEL TURNER PRIZE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE'S LITERATURE 2023
WINNER OF THE VICTORIAN PREMIER'S LITERARY AWARDS 2023 PRIZE FOR INDIGENOUS WRITING
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2023 PRIME MINISTER'S LITERARY AWARD FOR YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE
SHORTLISTED FOR THE NSW PREMIER'S UTS GLENDA ADAMS AWARD FOR NEW WRITING 2023
LONGLISTED FOR THE ARA HISTORICAL NOVEL PRIZE 2023 - CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULT
'A deeply immersive young adult fantasy and an enthralling debut. It's a privilege to walk this new path into the oldest of stories' AMIE KAUFMAN, New York Times-bestselling author
A CAPTIVATING YOUNG ADULT DEBUT FROM A BLACK&WRITE! WRITING FELLOWSHIP WINNER
Two warring spirits.
One chance to save the world.
Kirra is the great-granddaughter of a truth dreamer, and, like Great Nanna Clara, no-one believes her night-visions are coming true. When an end-of-the-world nightmare forces her to surf where her brother was killed, she time-slips into a place that could ruin her life, here, and in the Dreaming.
Narn is the son of a well-respected Elder and holds an enviable role in his saltwater clan. Though he bears the marks of a man, many treat him like an uninitiated boy, including the woman he wants to impress.
Tarni is the daughter of a fierce hunter and the custodian of a clever gift. Somehow, she understands Kirra when no-one else can. But who sent this unexpected visitor: a powerful ancient healer or an evil shadow-spirit?
When death threatens all life, can a short-sighted surfer, a laidback dolphin caller and a feisty language unweaver work together to salvage our future?
'A story that moves with urgency - in equal parts surprising and enthralling. The story is steeped in Indigenous knowledge, thoroughly researched and replicated with permission. This is an impressive work, bolstered by lean, precise prose, and characterisation that bridges the cultural divides which might exist between the reader and the text. Rose's teenagers are alive on the page, fully realised and relatable. The Upwelling is an achievement, and it carves a new way for readers, young and old, into our continent's past.' NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2023, Judges' Comments
'The Upwelling by Lystra Rose has created an expansive world of fantasy speculative fiction with the ability to not only raise the bar for young adult fiction but also to shift the understanding and perceptions of Aboriginal people prior to colonisation. The Upwelling by Lystra Rose is a well-structured, descriptive, and expansively imaginative text with an assertion of cultural reclamation and a po
Lystra Rose, a descendant of the Guugu
Yimithirr, Birri Gubba, Erub and Scottish
nations, is an award-winning writer and editor
who lives in a land where the rainforest meets
the sea . . . Yugambeh-speaking Country (Gold
Coast), Australia. When she's not catching
waves with her husband and their two groms,
Lystra is editing Surfing Life magazine and
is the executive producer of Surfing Life TV
(globally broadcasted on Fuel TV). She is the
first female editor-in-chief of a mainstream
surf magazine in the world. Surfing is Lystra's
daily reminder to 'let fear be your friend, not
your foe, and use it to do the things you love
or were meant to do'. It's also her creativity
The Upwelling is Lystra's debut novel.