I’ve found myself without a book to write about. It’s entirely my own fault. I could write negative reviews, but I really don’t want to do that so I have no book to write about. I received an ARC (Advanced Reader’s Copy) of a book by an author who’s written lots of books and I expected good things from it. After much bitter disappointment I confessed to the publicist that I couldn’t write anything good about it and moved on to my next book. Sadly, I’m not finished that next book, on the other hand I’m very excited I’m not finished it. It’s one of those wonderful books that I’m really happy to be reading and never want it to end. Instead I’m putting in a few links to some local publishing news.
The 2022 recipient of the Kat Muscat Fellowship is Munira Tabassum Ahmed. She’s only 16 years old, but has already had her works published in some very prestigious magazines such as Meanjin and the Lifted Brow. When I look at what she plans on using her fellowship for I get very excited:
Ahmed will use the fellowship to work on a hybrid manuscript exploring ‘how the mythos of martyrdom intersects with motherhood and girlhood, and the means by which language and voice can be tools to challenge subjugation’.
There are many occasions where men seem to have a higher representation than women. Until 2019/2020 this was true of book reviews in Australia. The Stella Count surveys 12 publications which doesn’t include blogs and publishes their findings. In the 2019/2020 Stella Count women finally have parity with men.
Varuna is a house that is used for writers to give them a space where they can just write or talk about writing. The judging panel for the 2020 First Nations Fellowships was made up of three First Nations writers from three different countries. Six Fellowship recipients have been announced, they will have a one-week residency at Varuna which will include travel costs to and from Varuna. Congratulations to all six people: Jenny Fraser; Kalem Murray; Brooke Scobie; Aunty Kerry Bulloojeeno Archibald Moran; Neika Lehman and; Luke Patterson.
And that’s all I’m giving you today. I am tempted to add a regular column with local news but that will always depend on my energy levels.