As regular readers here know by now, last year I broke my non-challenge rule to take part in the Australian Women Writer’s Challenge. It was so satisfying, I decided to do it again this year. After all, it’s really the challenge I’d do when I’m not doing a challenge.
Like last year, I signed up for the top level: Franklin-fantastic. This required me to read 10 books and review at least 6. I have now exceeded this – and will continue to add to the challenge, as I did last year – but one of the requirements of completing the challenge is to provide a link to a complete challenge post. Here is that post.
I have, in fact, contributed 13 reviews to the challenge to date, but decided to wait to write my completion post until I’d read 10 books. I have now done that – with the other three being individual short stories or essays.
Here’s my list in alphabetical order, with the links on the titles being to my reviews:
- Thea Astley: The monstrous accent on youth (essay)
- Barbara Baynton: Scrammy ‘and (short story)
- Barbara Baynton: A dreamer (short story)
- Courtney Collins: The burial (fiction)
- Suzanne Edgar: The love procession (poetry collection)
- Irma Gold (ed): The invisible thread (anthology)
- Irma Gold and Craig Phillips, Megumi and the bear (children’s picture book)
- Susan Hawthorne: Limen (verse novel)
- Anita Heiss: Paris dreaming (fiction)
- Dorothy Johnston: The house at number 10 (fiction)
- Anna Krien: Night games: Sex, power and sport (literary non-fiction)
- Krissy Kneen: Steeplechase (fiction)
- Carrie Tiffany: Mateship with birds (fiction)
- Helen Trinca: Madeleine: A life of Madeleine St John (biography)
Except for the Baynton, Astley and Johnston reviews, they are all for very recent publications. I would like in the second half of the year to read some more backlist, more classics. Will I do it? Watch this space!
Miles Franklin Award winner for 2013 …
has been announced and it is Michelle de Kretser‘s Questions of travel. I’m pretty thrilled as this is the book my reading group decided to do in July (from the shortlist). As much as I enjoyed Carrie Tiffany’s Mateship with birds, it has won two significant awards this year already, and I don’t think it serves literature well for one book to have a stranglehold on a year’s awards – unless there really is only one great book published in a year but that would really be a worry wouldn’t it?!