What is Australian Literature Month?
Australian Literature Month is a month-long celebration of Australian writers and literature being hosted here at Reading Matters. During the month I plan on dusting off my TBR and reading several Australian novels. I'll be writing about them on the blog and encouraging as many people to participate as I go. There may even be a giveaway or two.
When is it being held?
It will run during January 2012.
Who can take part?
Anyone can take part. All you need to do is read an Australian book or two, post about Australian literature on your own blog or simply engage in the conversation on this blog. If you don't have a blog, don't worry — you just need to be willing to read something by an Australian writer and maybe comment on other people's posts.
And feel free to read novels, non-fiction, poetry or short stories — if it's by an Australian writer, it counts!
Please note this isn't a reading challenge, it's simply an opportunity to read an Australian book or two (or more) and celebrate Australian literature with other people in January.
Are there any resources you can recommend where I can find out more about Australian literature?
There are plenty. Try this post for some suggestions on where to start. Alternatively, just Google "Australian literature" and see what comes up.
I don't have any Australian novels to hand — can I read something by a New Zealand writer?
New Zealand is not part of Australia (and it's offensive to suggest that it is). That means books from New Zealand do not count towards Australian Literature Month.
Can I use your badges?
Of course! Feel to download any, or all, of the badges and use them whenever you publish a post relating to Australian literature during January 2012. (But please don't link to them directly or that will impact on my bandwidth.)
Each badge measure 300 pixels by 300 pixels, although they are displayed on this page at 250 pixels x 250 pixels. There are five in total — see kookaburra, platypus, koala, wombat and kangaroo below.
How do I let you know I've posted something for Australian Literature Month?
Feel free to leave links in the comments box below or email me (readingmatters @ gmail.com) with "Australian Literature Month" in the subject line. I'll endeavour to publish a few round-up posts as we go along...
Is there a feed I can subscribe to?