- Introduce yourself. Tell us what you are most looking forward to in this event.
I’m Kelly and I’ve been blogging at Orange Pekoe for almost three years. I am Australian but have been living in London for eight years. I have always loved Australian fiction, particularly the female authors, but have enjoyed it even more since being abroad. I can’t decide if this is because it makes me nostalgic or because the unique characteristics of Australian fiction are easier to spot now that I have some distance.
I am most looking forward to reading some classics by Australian women that I keep meaning to read. I participate in the Australian Women Writers Challenge each year so this should overlap nicely.
- Pick a classic female writer you can’t wait to read for the event, & list her date of birth, her place of birth, and the title of one of her most famous works.
I can’t wait to read more Thea Astley, born 1925 in Brisbane, Australia. I first read It’s Raining in Mango (1987) at University.
- Favourite classic heroine?
Miss Emma Woodhouse but I hope to replace her with an Australian example by the end of this challenge!
- We’d love to help clubbers find great titles by classic female authors. Can you recommend any sources for building a list?
I have put together a list for this challenge that I can use as a cheat sheet. I have read some authors before and have only included books I haven’t read rather than what may be their more famous works. It is up in the air how many I will read but I am aiming for 10 (gulp!). As I want to include some contemporary classics I have defined a classic as being at least 20 years old. I know some will disagree vehemently with this decision! However, I can say that all but three are over 30 years old, and the majority are over 50 years old. So, in no particular order:
Thea Astley – A Descent for Gossips (1960)
Ruth Park – The Harp in the South (1948)
Madeleine St John – The Women in Black (1993)
Helen Garner – Monkey Grip (1977)
Dorothy Porter – Monkey’s Mask (1994)
Jessica Anderson – Tirra Lirra by the River (1978)
Patricia Carlon – The Whispering Wall (1969)
Olga Masters – Amy’s Children (1987)
Nene Gare – Fringe Dwellers (1961)
Barbara Baynton – Bush Studies (1907)
Joan Lyndsay – Picnic at Hanging Rock (1967)
Elizabeth Harrower – The Katherine Wheel (1960)
Jeannie Gunn – We of the Never Never (1908)
Miles Franklin – My Brilliant Career (1901)
Henry Handel Richardson – The Getting of Wisdom (1910)
Elizabeth Jolley – Miss Peabody’s Inheritance (1983)
Robin Dalton – Aunts up the Cross (1965)
Amy Whitting – I for Isobel (1990)
Dymphna Cusack – Come in Spinner (1951)
Eleanor Dark – Timeless Land (1941)
- Will you be joining us for this event immediately, or will you wait until the new year starts?
I had hoped to start ASAP in November but just haven’t got around to it yet…
- Do you plan to read as inspiration pulls, or will you make out a preset list?
See above list! I already own a few books on the list and there will also be a strong element of where inspiration pulls. I may end up reading multiple books by some authors and am always open to more suggestions. In no way am I limited by this list!
- Are you pulling to any particular genres? (Letters, journals, biographies, short stories, novels, poems, essays, etc?)
Mostly all fiction but I do hope to read the recently published biography of Thea Astley, Inventing Her Own Weather by Karen Lamb
- Do you hope to host an event or readalong for the group? No worries if you don’t have details. We’re just curious!
Umm, sure… If there’s interest…