Category: Talking about history

Women’s History Month guest, Zena Shapter

Women’s History Month is nearly at an end. It’s an appropriate time to have another reflective piece, this time from Australian writer Zena Shapter. When we’re alive, we’re making history. Whether that history gets remembered is based on some complex factors. Awards matter, the amount of time and money spent by the publisher on publicity …

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Women’s History Month guest, Janeen Webb

Have you noticed that this year quite a few historians are sharing stories about their work and their work relates to their forthcoming or new novels? More and more historians are writing fiction. Or, to look at it from the other direction, more and more published authors are also historians. Janeen Webb is not a …

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Women’s History Month guest, Madeleine Robins

Something writers see in each other behind the scenes a lot, things that we confess when we are maudlin drunk or beyond tired, include deep personal reflections on critical subjects. This stuff is part of story, but not obvious in story. Madeleine Robins’ writing is easier to read because her thinking is so sophisticated, but …

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Women’s History Month guest, Christina Ryan

One of my favourite photographs from the years I was on Australia’s Women’s History Month committee (we were not as pretentious as it sounds) is of Christina Ryan. She’s impossible to describe, impossible to quench, and is a powerful force for good in Australia. She’s also my friend. She’s not here today because she’s my …

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Women’s History Month guest, Marie Brennan

The bad women of history – introduced by writer Marie Brennan.

Women’s History Month – guest Clare Rhoden

Women during World War I – a guest post by Clare Rhoden for Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month – Jackie French

Jackie French is the best possible person to begin this month. She writes history into fiction and non-fiction, she lives as much history as she writes, and she is beloved by wombats. Her gift to us is a full essay, because it’s Sunday and you need something thoughtful to get the month going. Here Jackie introduces us to the way she uses history and to ways history can be seen and to just a bit more.

Women’s History Month 2020

Welcome to Women’s History Month. Yesterday I wrote to a few friends. Some of them are writers, some critics, some historians. This month you will read their thoughts and feelings and dreams about women’s history. Some of these thoughts and dreams will be old and some new, some comforting and some dangerous. If you find …

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The Great Avoidance. How to Avoid Gillian at Continuum 13 (Australian National SF Convention)

My regular guide for the wary. If you avoid me, you will miss my news. There will be news, so avoiding me is a great way of remaining in a state of mildly addled curiosity. If you avoid me, you will also avoid chocolate. I am thus a great aid to dieting. It’s good chocolate, …

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1 January 2016

I’ve had a very productive and exciting 2015, but also a very difficult year. Today sums up the irony of all those breakthroughs still garnering me not -enough paid work and so forth. You don’t need to know the ‘so forth’ – I’ve been chronicling it all year. And that was my year in summary. …

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