Cultural cringe is alive and well

Last week, when I was worrying about the absence of Australian literature from senior secondary curriculums, I decided to get a little serious about my committment to Australian writing and I added ‘Australian Literature’ to my ‘Interests’ on my Blog Profile.

Then something scary happened. I discovered I am the only person on that is interested in our stories. There are 19,200 writers from around the world with blogs on, 88,500 people who list books as one of their interests and 152,000 Australians blogging away about their lives. But none of those Australians seem to be particularly interested in reading stories written by their neighbours. Or at least, they’re not owning up to it.

Kirsty is an Australian author of books for children and young adults.

“Every adult was once a child and the child inside them never completely disappears.”

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