AWW Challenge (Australian Women Writers Challenge) is held each year. It’s aim is to encourage more women to read and review books by Australian women. It is hoped that this will go some way to correct an imbalance.
More male authors are reviewed (by male reviewers of course) than female authors in this country. Some women writers feel shortchanged.
In 2014, I also completed the challenge. My goal last year was to read six books by Australian women. I would review four of them. That was the Miles level. I completed the challenge.
This year I signed up for the Franklin Level. I undertook to read ten and review six books. Like most writers, I read a lot. To read ten books by Australian Women Writers was not hard.
I had hoped to read from genres outside the ones I usually pursue. But somehow, I haven’t done that. Maybe I’ll have better luck or try harder next year.
Books I reviewed for the AWW Challenge 2015
The Golden Age, by Joan London
A novel set in the 1950s in the post-polio era in Western Australia.
Tiddas, by Anita Heiss
A novel by an Aboriginal woman about contemporary urban Aboriginal women
Dear Life: on Caring for the Elderly by Karen Hitchcock
A Quarterly Essay by a doctor who works with elderly patients
Death in Malta by Rosanne Dingli
A contemporary mystery set in Malta
The Anchoress by Robyn Cadawallader
A novel set in Medieval England. The protagonist is about a young anchoress
How to Disappear by Rosanne Dingli
A novel in two parts about love and disappearances
Other books I read for the AWW Challenge 2015
Mothers Grimm by Danielle Wood. These four short stories play with conventional fairy tales
Was it something I said? by Ros Thomas. This is a collection of essays about modern life. Together, they form a touching memoir.
Captives, by Angela Meyer. A collection of flash fiction.
This House of Grief, by Helen Garner. A story about true events and the quest for justice of one man.
The Dressmaker, by Rosalie Ham. A novel of dark humour and revenge.
The Washerwoman’s Dream, by Hilarie Lindsay. A biography of Winifred Steger.
Participating in the AWW Challenge 2015 has been satisfying. I read books by some of Australia’s finest women writers. I have also been encouraged by feedback from readers of my blog. Some of them stumbled on my reviews by accident. Their comments and emails have been rewarding.
I look forward to next year’s AWW Challenge. I would also like to encourage other readers to commit themselves as well.