In case you didn’t know, I’ve set myself A Year Of Australian Writing challenge for 2015.
Honestly, I don’t think I’m going to have any trouble reading Australian for a year, but a few people have mentioned that it will be hard, that a year’s a long time, that there are so many great non-Australian books we’ll miss out on. Hm. Okay. Some of that is true.
The part of about non-Australian books is spot on. The part about a year being a long time? Notsomuch. A year goes really quickly. I know this because I’ve done other year-long challenges and they fly by in no time. Well. In a year’s time.
My point is that after an initial adjustment period you settle in and hit your straps. The challenge itself seems to create momentum, because once you’re in, you’re in, doggedly determined to show everyone you can TOTALLY do it. (Well, that’s how it is for me anyway.) Possibly around August/September you might find yourself flagging a bit, but even the feeling of flagging is enough to rally you and you’re back on track in a trice.
We’ve got a group going on Good Reads, but if the thought of interacting on yet another social network makes you queasy, you can hang out here with me and the other readers instead. I’ll try to post regularly about our quest and you can pop in any time and chat books in the comments on any post. No need to ask.
Just in case you need further persuading, here’s a great list of place you can get started on your #ayearofaustralianreading quest. A handy (but not exhaustive) list of awards (mostly for Australian authors) to spark further investigations.
Of course there are heaps of non-award winning books you could delve into too. Go here to see some of those!
The Australian Vogel’s Literary Award
Australian Literary Society Gold Medal
The Stella Prize
The PM’s Literary Awards
NSW Premier’s Literary Awards
ACT Book of the Year
Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards (with 2014 winners detailed here)
Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature
West Australian Premier’s Book Awards
Queensland Literary Awards
Miles Franklin Award
The Barbara Jefferis Award
The Kibble Literary Awards
The Scribe Non-Fiction Prize for Young Writers
Australian Book Industry Awards
The Indie Book Awards
Children’s Book Council Awards
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Do you want to have a crack at A Year Of Australian Writing?!
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