My Love/Hate Relationship with Australian Fiction (II)

I can’t wait to read something that’s NOT Australian

Yes, I know it’s only a matter of days since I admitted that I’d been too rash in my disdain for Australian fiction, and that I’d be more open to reading it from now on. Still, having read NOTHING but Australian fiction for the last eight months, as my Westerly fiction review essay deadline drew near, I’d been looking forward to reading some books from elsewhere.

 But what’s going on with women in writing?

Recently, it seemed like everywhere I looked people were talking about the underrepresentation of women writers in journals, reviews and literary prizes. For example, according to a recent article by Australian writer Kristen Tranter, The Miles Franklin Award has been won by only 4 women in the last 20 years. Considering the prize is named after a female writer (albeit with a man’s name), well, that’s as good a definition of irony as any I can think of.

 So what am I going to do about it?

I’m going to go down swinging, that’s what I’m going to do! Gadzooks! I’m a woman. And a writer. I’m going to go in to bat for my team, and I’m going to give it everything I’ve got. Which is why I’ve signed up for the…

2012 Australian Women Writers Book Reading & Reviewing Challenge

I’ve selected the ‘Miles’ challenge which is to read at least 6 books by Australian women writers and review at least 3. Yikes! For those who prefer, there are some easier options here. I’ll be blogging about it here, as is my wont. So what say you? Will you join me? Roll up! Roll up!

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My Love Hate Relationship with Australian Fiction  II    ANNABEL SMITH

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