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…

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…

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…

La Delizia: My Story (sort of)

This post was originally published on my City Sampler blog. La Delizia: My Story (sort of) Every year, around Christmas, I make panforte. In a bowl I stir together flour; cocoa powder; toasted almonds, walnuts, and macadamias; nutmeg; cinnamon; ginger; chilli powder; and pepper. Then in one pan I melt chocolate, while in another I make syrup from…

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…

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…