Elizabeth Lhuede: Championing Australian Women Writers
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Last year when I went hunting for books by Australian women at my local library in the World Heritage area of Katoomba in the Blue Mountains, I couldn't find any. The librarians weren't much help. They said, "Look for the kangaroo on the spine."
I asked friends. Like me, they'd heard of Geraldine Brooks (who lives in the US), Kate Grenville (who won the Orange Prize), and multi-award-winning author Helen Garner. Familiar, too, were names like Shirley Hazzard, Janette Turner Hospital and Kathy Lette (all non-Australian residents). But what about women living and writing in Australia - women of my own (younger) generation? Their books weren't being reviewed in Australian literary magazines.
Turns out, I wasn't alone in thinking books by Australian women weren't getting the attention they deserve. A panel were working hard to combat the problem, setting up Australia's newest, women only, literary prize, The Stella Prize.
Entries have now closed for the inaugural Stella
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