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Black silhouette of an apparently female figure in a top hat on a green background (with some faint writing in the top and bottom thirds), with the words in white: 2015 Australian Women Writers Challenge

As per my last post, I will be participating in the 2015 Australian Women Writers Challenge this year.

Anita Heiss’s Black Book Challenge has been of great assistance in finding books by Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander authors (via Mindy at Hoyden About Town).

Here are the 10 books I’m planning to read. Except for Eileen Chong’s Peony, they are all at my local library, and now on reserve, although if any don’t come through in time I might have to substitute alternatives: (more…)

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Black silhouette of an apparently female figure in a top hat on a green background (with some faint writing in the top and bottom thirds), with the words in white: 2015 Australian Women Writers Challenge

Way back in 2012 I participated in the inaugural Australian Women Writers Challenge.

After a couple of years off, I have decided to get back into it.

In summary, person can sign up to read a specified number of books within the year, and to write a (smaller) specified number of reviews. There are different levels of the challenge, and you can add other aspects to your own challenge to make it more personally challenging.

The levels have changed a little – I am going for the Franklin again, which is still 10 books, but now 6 reviews (rather than the 4 in 2012).

And here are my additional challenges: (more…)

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Black-on-white silhouette of an apparently female figure in a top hat, with the words in white: 2012 Australian Women Writers Challenge (and the url australianwomenwriters.com at the bottom)

As per my last post, I will be starting the 2012 Australian Women Writers Challenge tomorrow.

I have collected over 20 books by Australian women writers which I have not read before, and have selected 10 which, taken together, satisfy the extra criteria I set for myself.

Those 10 books are: (more…)

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Black-on-white silhouette of an apparently female figure in a top hat, with the words in white: 2012 Australian Women Writers Challenge (and the url australianwomenwriters.com at the bottom)

Thanks to lauredhel and Galactic Suburbia, I have been made aware of the 2012 Australian Women Writers Challenge.

In brief, a person can sign up to read a specified number of books within the year, and to write a (smaller) specified number of reviews. There are different levels of the challenge, and you can add other aspects to your own challenge to make it more personally challenging.

Given that I read quite a lot, and that my reading is skewed towards women writers (and often towards Australian women writers), and that my genre tastes are fairly catholic, it makes sense for me to go for the Franklin-fantastic Devoted Eclectic. This means I am committing to read at least 10 books, in as many different genres as possible, and to write at least 4 reviews, including at least one substantial one.

However, this will not be particularly challenging for me – I think I could get it done very comfortably by the end of January, even with the reviews (although these do add another dimension, not being something I would normally do).

So here is what I am doing to make it more challenging: (more…)

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