AWHN VIDA Blog: Translating gender (troubles)

From the Australian Women’s History Network VIDA Blog. This post is a summary of my article published by Liltith Journal last year. Translating Gender (Troubles) In feminist thought, we must always question our underlying assumptions: where they have come from and how they have developed. The prevailing narrative in academic feminist literature regarding Simone de…

Overland: Bodies Fit For Consumption

This comment piece was originally published by Overland online. Bodies Fit For Consumption Where there’s shit, there’s a system. This is what art historian EG Grigsby had to say about Géricault’s 1818–1819 Raft of the Medusa. An incredibly violent and disturbing painting that shows a selection of, in Grigsby’s terms, ‘partially consumed bodies’. Raft of the Medusa is…

Searching for Satisfaction: Ellen van Neerven’s Comfort Food

This review is part of the AWW2017 Challenge I spent almost half an hour searching the shelves of Readings Carlton for Ellen van Neerven’s 2016 collection of poems, Comfort Food, before asking why I couldn’t see it on the shelves when the website assured me it was in stock. After confirming that my alphabetical skills were top-notch…

A Rude Awakening: My Story

This post was originally published on my City Sampler blog. A Rude Awakening: My Story I have never been good with numbers. Maths; yes, but numbers as entities do not stick in my head. They float away before I can grasp them, and become muddled. When I used to work at the restaurant, closing the till on…

Singing Black Girlhood: Maxine Beneba Clarke’s The Hate Race

This review is part of the AWW2017 Challenge Maxine Beneba Clarke’s 2016 memoir The Hate Race is structured as an Afro-Carribbean ballad: a song of her family and their story. She opens with the admission that ‘there are myriad ways of telling it’, before inviting us to listen to her version: ‘This is how I’d have it…

Feminartsy: The Departing

This short story was originally published by Feminartsy. The Departing The Departing The nightmare-fiend of Mania havoc-breathing passed swiftly to the rock-walled river Styx where dwell the winged Erinyes, they which still visit with torments overweening men. We’re making dinner, still packing as we do. The house is a maze of cardboard boxes, open suitcases,…

Technically Human: Briohny Doyle’s The Island Will Sink

This review is part of the AWW2017 Challenge Briohny Doyle’s debut novel The Island Will Sink – published by Melbourne literary journal The Lifted Brow – opens on a pitch-black page emblazoned with the block-white lettering ‘ESTABLISHING SHOT’. Turning to the opening chapter, a television screen splutters to life to inform our waking protagonist – immersive environmental disaster…

Mourning and Melancholy in Melbourne: Myfanwy Jones’ Leap

This review is part of the AWW2017 Challenge In the opening pages of Myfanwy Jones’ Leap, an unnamed young woman with cropped black hair – ‘ruffled and glossy – an animal’s pelt rippling to be touched’ – appears on Joe’s doorstep inquiring about a room to rent. She arrives while Joe’s roommates, Sanjay and Jack, are out,…

Horror Show: My Story

This post was originally published on my City Sampler blog. Horror Show: My Story Growing up in Perth, one of my favourite times of year was when the Royal Show came to town. Traditionally a time for farmers to meet and sell their wares and animals, the Show has since evolved into a week-long carnival where city-folk…

Reading in the New Year

Since 2012, Lizzy Chandler has lead the Australian Women Writers Challenge. A response to a Bookseller & Publisher survey re-published in Crikey that suggested that men authors were more likely than women authors to have their books reviewed in influential newspapers, magazines and literary journals, the AWW Challenge is a growing community of readers, writers, and reviewers working to…