Enough with the charming, naughty funny-guy rants. There are too many in a new anthology of Australian comedy writing – and women display a superior comic imagination.
Shirley Hazzard enchanted readers with her meticulously crafted prose.
Photograph of Shirley Hazzard by Roberto Pane
Shirley Hazzard, who passed away this week, was one of the great prose stylists of the last 50 years. A deeply intellectual autodidact, she championed the public duty of writers and the pleasure of reading.
How many non-white writers are published in Australia each year? Is their job to remain at the exotic margins of our literary culture?
A recent attempt to broaden the Stella Count by measuring the diversity of writers reviewed proved to be a hard ask. Is the bigger problem here the whiteness of our publishing industry?