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Australian Women Writers Challenge 2013

awwbadge_2013I’m signing up for the 2013 Australian Women Writers Challenge, which supports and promotes books by Australian women. There are various levels for the challenge, and you can participate as a reader/reviewer, or just as a reader. I’ve opted for the ‘Franklin’ level, with a target of reading at least 10 books by Australian women during the year and reviewing at least six.

I didn’t participate formally in the 2012 challenge, but here are some of the books by Australian women writers that I read in 2012 (* indicates reviewed for The West Australian). Each one gave me something to think about—and taught me something about writing.

A Common Loss by Kirsten Tranter

A Dissection of Murder by Felicity Young

All that I Am by Anna Funder

An Unknown Sky by Susan Midalia

Animal People by Charlotte Wood

Black Cow by Magdalena Ball

Black Jack Anderson by Elaine Forrestal

Creepy & Maud by Dianne Touchell

Five Bells by Gail Jones

Forecast: Turbulence by Janette Turner-Hospital

If I Should Lose You by Natasha Lester

Like a House on Fire by Cate Kennedy

Losing It by Julia Lawrinson*

Shallow Breath by Sara Foster

Tarcutta Wake by Josephine Rowe*

The Bookshop on Jacaranda Street by Marlish Glorie

Whisky Charlie Foxtrot by Annabel Smith

9781922089144_WHISKYCHARLIEFOXTROT_WEBI suppose I could also describe Whisky Charlie Foxtrot as ‘reviewed’, as I wrote the back-cover endorsement to this fabulous novel.

I look forward to all this new year will bring from Australian women writers.

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December fragments #15

I’m not sure where I saw this quote from the wonderful Tillie Olsen, but it lodged in my memory:

Any woman who writes is a survivor.

—Tillie Olsen

Or perhaps is trying to be? Is writing always an act of survival?

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