Australian Women Writers Challenge 2017

It’s already February and I’ve yet to do my sign up post for #AWW2017. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy.

Over at the AWW blog, we’ve finished our roundups for 2016, started a series on small publishers and hosted a guest post on mid-twentieth-century Aussie midlist author Ernestine Hill. For Australian Day, I compiled a list of forgotten and classic titles by Australian women from 1840-1940 and gave the links in the article, “100 years of Australian Women’s Writing Online.” I’ve also been organising a new series of Q&As with authors who have books coming out this year. (You can see the draft calendar of new releases here.)

Apart from kicking off the AWW challenge, I’ve made time to read a few books and have written several (mostly short) reviews on Goodreads, where I’ve keeping track via our AWW Goodreads group.

So, to my #aww2017 reading so far:

  1. A Few Days in the Country: And Other Stories by Elizabeth Harrower (review)
  2. Medea’s Curse by Anne Buist (review)
  3. Dangerous to Know by Anne Buist (follows on from Medea’s Curse; review)
  4. Where The Light Falls by Gretchen Shirm (review)
  5. The Woman Next Door by Liz Byrski (review)
  6. An Isolated Incident by Emily Maguire (review)
  7. Promise by Sarah Armstrong (review)

I’ve also read The Millwood Mystery by Jeannie Lockett, a classic published in serial form in Australian Town and Country Journal in 1886-1887. If you’re interested, you can find Chapter 1 here. I’ve tagged the other chapters and fixed up the digitised text so they can be downloaded, but I’m thinking of putting it all together in an ebook. (Would anyone be interested?) Reading The Millwood Mystery is my first contribution to our “classics” push on the AWW blog this year.

Apart from doing AWW-related things, I’ve been helping my 93-year-old aunt with her memoirs. The ebook is almost finished and we’ll be organising a print run for the family. I’m also continuing to research our family history, with a view to maybe writing something inspired by it. We’ll see.


If you haven’t already joined the AWW challenge, it’s never too late. You can find out all about it on our sign-up page. And look out for the Bingo cards (coming soon). It should be a lot of fun and there’ll be a great prize this year: Writing the Dream, donated by Serenity Press. (Thanks, Monique!)



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  1. You certainly have been busy! I signed up this evening… can’t wait to see what comes off the press this year.


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