A Wrap – Australian Women Writers Challenge, 2021

I planned to read 40 books by Australian women out of a total of 100 books read in 2021.

The books by Australian women that I read in 2021 are (in the order I read them):

  • Star Jumps by Lorraine Marwood
  • Past the Shallows by Favel Parrett
  • The Cuckoo’s Cry by Caroline Overington
  • Once More With Feeling by Ceridwen Dovey
  • The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham
  • The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood
  • The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
  • Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
  • Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
  • Top End Girl by Miranda Tapsell
  • Dropbear by Evelyn Araluen
  • Bindi by Kirli Saunders
  • Pearl Verses the World by Sally Murphy
  • Toppling by Sally Murphy
  • A Room Made of Leaves by Kate Grenville
  • Final Theory by Bonny Cassidy
  • Beauty by Bri Lee
  • Motormouth by Sherryl Clark
  • Certain Fathoms by Bonny Cassidy
  • The Fictional Woman by Tara Moss
  • The Uncommon Feast by Eileen Chong
  • Rainforest by Eileen Chong
  • Labour and Other Poems by Astrid Lorange
  • Comfort Food by Ellen Van Neervan
  • Roses are Blue by Sally Murphy
  • Bully on the Bus by Kathryn Apel
  • On Track by Kathryn Apel
  • Too Many Friends by Kathryn Apel
  • The Little Wave by Pip Harry
  • Sixth Grade Style Queen by Sherryl Clark
  • The Yield by Tara June Winch
  • Borderless: A transnational anthology of feminist poetry edited by Saba Vasefi, Melinda Smith, and Yvette Holt
  • Crete by Dorothy Porter
  • Nothing Sacred by Linda Weste

I read 75 books in total in 2021, 34 of which were by Australian writers who identify as female.

Managing Editor of Burrow

I’ve come on as managing editor for Old Water Rat Publishing’s journal, Burrow.

I’m so thrilled to be part of this project… part of this global community of poets.

Check out the first issue I’ve been involved with as managing editor here https://oldwaterratpublishing.com/3225-2/

February 2022: Gifting

From birth, I have been surrounded by books, stories, and poetry. My dad would lay me across his knees as he sat in his study, reading poetry. At the age of six I dictated poems to my dad. I was lucky to grow up in a home with a library. As an adult, in my own home, I still have a library. My partner built me floor to ceiling bookshelves to house my collection last year. The great thing about online journals like this, is you can carry a library of poems with you everywhere you go. This is a sentiment that is explored in Lee Ellen Pottieโ€™s poem โ€˜Burrowโ€™.

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Burrow February 2022

I’m so excited to be joining the Burrow editorial team for the February 2022 issue.

The provocation for the February 2022 issue of Burrow is: โ€˜What does mental health (good or otherwise) look like through the prism of gifting?โ€™

How does generosity help you with mental wellbeing? Are you a blood, plasma or organ donor? Do you donate your time to political parties, charities, religious organisations or social/sporting groups? December-January is a time when many feel the pressures to conform and fulfil a myriad of responsibilities. How does kindness and gift giving help you manage the pressures of the festive season? Coming out of a period when we might have been more isolated than usual, how has generosity and thoughtfulness helped with your mental health journey?

Submissions close 20 December 2021.

Please check out previous issues and the information on the following two tabs to find out how to contribute and see the work that we have published in the past.