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…

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…

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,…