Our little part of the world may not have as long a history of written stories as the Northern Hemisphere, but Australian and New Zealand authors offer a wealth of material that celebrates our cultural heritage and landscapes and can help us understand out shared history.
For #oznzreads in April, you might want to try reading some indigenous literature from Australia and New Zealand – such as Alexis Wright’s Carpentaria or Witi Ihimaera’s Whale Rider. You could choose to delve into the histories of these countries, explore politics or revisit stories surrounding our ANZAC heritage. Or it may be a time to re/discover the amazing writing for children and young people, or our natural history.
Even Australian and New Zealand Cooking Books might provide cultural insight and inspiration (and perhaps help solve the mystery of who first invented the pavlova!)
If you would like to share your reading experiences as you explore Australian and New Zealand writing, you can tweet while you read by adding the hashtag #oznzreads to your twitter posts about reading. You can also use this tag on other websites like flickr, or on your blog – to share with us what you are reading.
There will be a twitter discussion 8.00pm (AEST) 26 April to discuss #oznzreads. See you online at the end of the month!