Readers of my first post might remember my interest in writing by women and how – contrary to my expectations – it represented less of my reading than I would have initially guessed.
I worked to address this in my own reading but Blue Mountains blogger Elizabeth Lhuede has gone much further by issuing a challenge to all readers: read more writing by Australian women and review two or three of them on your blog during 2012.
I think her Australian Women Writers 2012 Challenge is a fantastic idea and have just signed up.
The lively discussions there already threaten to be at least as interesting as many of the books themselves. Join in when you can.
I’ll be drawing at least some of my reading for this challenge from a key publishing pioneer, responsible for the rediscovery of many books written by women. Since 1978, Virago Press has published an impressive range of women authors, including Australians, under the banner Virago Modern Classics.
There’s a great range of Australian fiction sporting Virago’s distinctive green spines, including some of the best writers that this country has yet produced.
As the Australian authors were published early in the VMC run, most are no longer in print from Virago but secondhand copies are reasonably easy to find. Failing that, many have been issued by other publishers; recently Miegunyah have re-issued Christina Stead’s Letty Fox:Her Luck in a charming new paperback.
Virago Modern Classics: 31 Australian Women Writers