Society

Writing, identity and invisibility

This is an unusually personal post for me, and it makes me a little uncomfortable, but I hope you’ll read it in the spirit in which its intended. I have submitted two stories that have queer narrators recently. One was accepted, the other is pending. The one that has been accepted is also one of…

I will not stay silent

Many, many moons ago I ran a  different blog. It started off being some place to write but gradually morphed into a feminist and critique blog. Ultimately I couldn’t keep up with posting (the beast required daily feeding by the end) so I locked it. (Don’t worry, the site is archived with the National Library…

Story tellers and saving the world

I blog about books here, but what I’m interested in most of all is stories and story tellers. Books are one way to tell stories, words on the page, but so are films and pictures and games. And some stories are fictional, some are banal, some are vitally important. Here is a story that is…

#YesAllWomen? On feminist fiction

Once upon a time I wrote a feminist blog. It didn’t start out that way but more and more I noticed the way the stories we told each other sidelined women’s interests, subbed out systemic inequality and constantly buried the lead of an ongoing pattern of violence. So the #yesallwomen stories, a social media response to the shooting in…