Reading In the New Year: An Update

Reading in the New Year for the AWW2017 Challenge This review is part of the AWW2017 Challenge Reading In The New Year For my first ever go at participating in the Australian Women Writers Challenge, I set myself 3 goals: Read 10 books by Australian women writers Complete 6 Reviews Read more poetry So, how’d I…

Overland: Mons Pubis

This comment piece was originally published by Overland online. Mons Pubis There’s one tidbit that almost everyone who has ever looked at the outline of an undergraduate art history course knows about the pre-eminent Victorian art critic John Ruskin. It may well be an urban legend, but it’s a great story. On the night of…

Australian Labyrinths: Julie Koh’s Portable Curiosities

This review is part of the AWW2017 Challenge Julie Koh’s uproariously funny and deeply unsettling debut full-length short story collection is a biting satire of contemporary Australia. An insightful, witty, and highly original collection, standouts include the deliciously dark Cream Reaper – where ice-cream becomes a game of russian roulette – and the wonderfully absurd and melancholically lonely Slow…

Queer & Black: Alison Whittaker’s Lemons in the Chicken Wire

This review is part of the AWW2017 Challenge In Gomeroi poet Alison Whittaker’s debut collection Lemons in the Chicken Wire, language and innuendo become a means of playful subversion. In ‘O, Eureka!’ a ‘scalp-scab burnt and straw-haired woman’ teaches the narrator that not everyone who can speak the jargon of the Academy need do so: that one can speak…

SBS Sexuality: The Zeal of the Missionary Position

This piece was originally published by SBS Sexuality. The Zeal of the Missionary Position If the missionary position was a person, it would probably resemble Billy Graham: the patron saint of boring, frigid straight white people with a particular way of thinking about gender, intimacy, and relationships. When US Vice-President Mike Pence, as Governor of Indiana,…

Sex and Gender in Charlotte Wood’s The Natural Way of Things

This review is part of the AWW2017 Challenge Germain Greer cautioned in 1970 that ‘women have very little idea of how much men hate them.’ Greer is a staunch second-wave feminist and an essentialist – an epistemological basis which has seen much of her work come under fire in recent decades. While Greer’s views on trans women…