In keeping with my usual New Year activities, I have again avoided making actual resolutions. Instead, as I have for a number of years, I’ve set myself a challenge. This year I’ve decided I want to read more short fiction. In particular, short fiction written by Australian female and non-binary authors. I’m going to read one a day and report back each week on the previous week’s seven pieces of work.
In response to a call out for suggestions, I’ve curated a schedule for the first month. I’m going to start with the following selections from the publication Flock: First Nations Stories Then and Now edited by Ellen van Neerven. My first seven day’s of reading will be the following:
January 1st: ‘Galah’ by Melanie Saward
2nd: ‘Cloud Busting’ by Tara June Winch
3rd: ‘Each City’ by Ellen van Neerven
4th: ‘River Stay’ by Mykaela Saunders.
5th: ‘Stepmother’ by SJ Norman
6th: ‘Wait for me’ by Jasmin McGaughey
7th: ‘Split’ by Cassie Lynch.
I’m still taking suggestions for for the rest of the year. What would you have me read as a favourite (preferably Australian female or non-binary authored) short story?