Reflections on Father-Son Relationships: Horne Prize Winner Daniel James, on The Rap
What would you learn if you had ten more days with a loved one who has passed? Daniel James, a Yorta Yorta man, writer and this year’s winner of the Horne Prize, explores this concept in a distinctive account of intergenerational trauma. Centring on his father, the essay explores what Daniel would have learnt about his dad, himself and his culture if he had just ten more days with him. Unique in form, the essay takes on issues of colonialism and the stripping way of indigenous traditions through the personal lens of a father and son relationship. Daniel says that there is so much complexity in just one person’s story, but that complexity can also represent the Australia we are in today.