This week, I reviewed Australian author Isobelle Carmody’s book of short stories, Metro Winds, for Lip Mag, which you can read here.

In a world where an Australian work is defined as a book by an Australian set in Australia or with Australian characters, where does fantasy, the fantastical and science fiction lie? These genres are often set in made-up worlds, with characters from those worlds. I daresay it is not fair to exclude such work from definition as Australian where the author who created the work is Australian.

I suspect the problem lies in that these genres are very rarely considered literary anyway, and therefore the question of the Australian-ness of such works, for example to be considered for the Miles Franklin Award, is not often asked. However, this should not detract from the quality of the work: good writing is good writing, literary or not.