Amy Witting Website by Yvonne Miels

REFERENCES


Articles and reviews:

General articles and entries in biographical dictionaries

Obituaries

 


 

The Visit – published 1977

Barry Oakley, ‘Rituals of the heartland’, National Times, 14 November 1977, p.57

Rod Nicholls, ‘You must admit it has something’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 26 November 1977

Barry Oakley, ‘Best Reading of 1977,’ National Times, 5 December 1977, p.61

Andrew Horton, ‘Sane view of others’, Saturday Evening Mercury, 10 December 1977

Mark MacLeod, ‘Critics' Choice’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 24 December 1977

Eileen Alderton, ‘Strife in a quiet town’, Women's Weekly, 28 December 1977

C.J. McKenzie, ‘Housewife "scribbler" churns out a minor masterpiece’, (Newspaper not acknowledged), December 1977

Thea Hush, ‘Life in a country town–or is it?’, The Australian, 5 April 1978

Charles Blackshield, ‘Moral dilemmas but no censure’, The Manly Daily, 31 May 1978, p.20

Anon, Review of The Visit, Womanspeak, Vol. 4, No. 4, March 1979, p.27

Graham Clark, ‘The latest in paperbacks ’, The Courier Mail, 23 February 1991

Penelope Nelson, 'Paperbacks Review', The Weekend Australian, 2-3 March 1991, Rev.6

Marion Halligan, ‘Illuminating excursion into a writer's past’, The Canberra Times, 16 March 1991, p.B8

Hugo Giles, ‘Witting’s first novel given a second chance’, The Saturday Mercury, 20 July 1991, p.22

Sally Blakeney, 'Books in Brief', The Australian's Review of Books, Vol.2, No. 1, February 1997, p.29

Matthew Condon, 'Our remaindered canon', The Australian's Review of Books, Vo. 2, No. 8, September 1997, pp.8-9

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Travel Diary – published 1985

Barbara Giles, Book Notes, Australian Book Review, 1986, No. 82, p.35

Keith Russell, ‘Elders and Betters?’, Quadrant, July 1986, pp.114-119

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I for Isobel – published 1989

Patricia Rolfe, ‘Davidson's freefall’, The Bulletin, 29 August 1989, p.112

Josephine Kneipp, ‘I for Isobel’, Planet, Queensland University of Technology, August 1989

Janette Turner Hospital, ‘Strange ships, and biting insights’, The Age Saturday Extra, 9 September 1989, p.10

Dennis Davison, ‘Satire and style for catholic [tastes]’ , Weekend Australian, 16/17 September, 1989

Alexandra Long, ‘Complex vision of a childhood apart’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 September 1989, p.82

Janette Turner Hospital, 'A writer comes in from the cold', The Age, 14 October 1989, p.10

Ralph Elliott, ‘Ethos evocative of Kafka’, Canberra Times, 18 November 1989, p.B5

Hugo Giles, ‘Second novel is a triumph and a treasure’, The Saturday Mercury, 2 December 1989, p.22

Helen Daniel, 'Untitled Review', The Good Reading Guide, McPhee Gribble, Melbourne, 1989

Judy Duffy, ‘I for intriguing’, Australian Book Review, 1989, No. 114, p.3

Peter Craven, 'An unwitting excellence', The Sunday Herald, 25 March 1990, p.36

Robyn Brinkley, ‘A familiar theme told with clarity', Newcastle Herald, 14 July 1990, p.12

Anon, 'Untitled Review', The New Yorker, 23 July 1990, p.88

Cheri Fein, ‘She wants to be a human’, The New York Times Book Review, 16 September 1990, p.35

Elizabeth van Acker, ‘Rewriting gender scripts’, Social Alternatives, 1990, Vol. 9 No. 1, pp. 56-57

Annie Reynolds, ‘Survival and renewal’, Island, 1990, No. 43/44, p. 21-24

Nancy Keesing, ‘A novel of becoming’, Overland, 1990, No. 117, pp. 94-95

Verna Coleman, ‘Portrait of the artist as a young girl’, Quadrant, 1990, Vol. 34 No. 263, pp.110-111

Lyn Jacobs, ‘Wry retrospectives ...’, The CRNLE Reviews Journal, No. 1, 1990, Flinders University of South Australia, 1990, p.103

Jane Sullivan, ‘A for Amy’, Supplement to Australian Book Review, 1991, pp.17-18

Anon, 'Author's insight impresses judges', The West Australian, 19 November 1993, p.4

Jason Steger, 'A is for Amy', The Age, 26 August 2000, p.3

Peter Craven, 'Second look', The Sunday Age, 27 August 2000, p.10

Anon, Review of Audio Books I for Isobel, 24 Hours December 2001, ABC Audio

John Lewis, 'Isobel's eyes open', The Age, Education, 11 August 2003, p.10

Peter Craven, 'Peter Craven looks at the career of Amy Witting and reviews her latest book In and Out the Window', Australian Book Review, No. 174, 1995, pp.40-42

 

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Marriages – published 1990

Helen Daniel (ed.) Jamie Grant, untitled review of Marriages, The Good Reading Guide, Angus & Robertson, 1989, p.283

J. Nieuwenhuizen, Forecasts, 'A for Amy', The Australian Bookseller and Publisher, April, 1990, Vol.69 No. 1003, p.22

Andrew Riemer, ‘Theoretician versus genius’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 2 June 1990, p.78

Hugo Giles, ‘More than just a loo wall scribbler’, The Saturday Mercury, 30 June 1990, p.21

Rosemary O'Grady, ‘The fantastic, grotesque world of reality’, The Age Saturday Extra, 30 June 1990, p.9

Diana Simmonds, 'A cuddly kind of power', The Bulletin, Vol. 112, June 1990, pp.142-143

Judy Johnston, ‘Women's lore: a practical feminism’, Southerly, 1990, Vol. 50, No. 4, pp.535-538

Connie Burns, ‘Uneconomic but honest’, Australian Book Review, 1990, No. 122, pp.37-38

Lyn Jacobs, ‘Wry retrospectives ...’, The CRNLE Reviews Journal, No. 1, 1990, p.103, Flinders University of South Australia, 1990

Annie Reynolds, 'Survival and renewal', Island, No 43/44, Winter 1990, pp.21-24

Stephen Saunders, ‘Bad undercurrent found in the vault’, The Canberra Times, 1 July 1990, p.18

Patricia Rolfe, ‘Small but perfectly formed’, The Bulletin, 3 July 1990, p.95

Katharine England, ‘Charting the tides of love’, The Advertiser, 21 July 1990, p.14

Marion Halligan, 'About books, Review', National Library of Australia News, Vol. 1, No. 1, October 1990, pp.8-11

Barbara Quick, ‘Ties that don't bind’, The New York Times Book Review, 6 January 1991, p.24

Tim Prenzler, 'Art versus politics', Social Alternatives, Vol. 9, No. 4, 1991, pp.62-63

Catherine Pratt, 'Untitled Review' of Marriages, Redoubt, 1992, No. 13 pp.100-104

Peter Craven, 'Peter Craven looks at the career of Amy Witting and reviews her latest book In and Out the Window', Australian Book Review, No. 174, 1995, pp.40-42

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Beauty is the Straw – published 1991

Donald Moore, ‘Lively verse in tune with nature’, Newcastle Herald, 25 May 1991, p.16

Stephen Kelen, ‘Five poets cover wide range of styles’, The Canberra Times, 13 July 1991, p.C8

Heather Cam, ‘Perennial clamour of sisterly voices’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 21 September 1991, p.42

Kevin Brophy, ‘Daisies at funerals’, Australian Book Review, 1991, No. 130, p.30

Barbara Giles, ‘Fullness and frugality’, Overland, 1991, No. 124, pp.83-85

David Kelly, 'Untitled Review' of Beauty is the Straw, OzMuse, 1991, Vol. 1 No. 8, pp.8-10

Philip Mead, ‘How poetry is packaged’, Australian Society, 1991, Vol. 10 No. 8, pp.40-42

Penelope Nelson, ‘Nowhere safe from poetry’, Quadrant, 1992, Vol. 36 No. 3, pp.84-85

Diane Fahey, ‘Mapping new and old topographies’, Southerly, 1992, Vol. 52 No. 1, pp.140-148

 

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A Change in the Lighting – published 1994

Elizabeth Riddell, 'It's really all about writing', Australian Bookseller and Publisher, Vol. 73, No. 1045, March 1994, pp.14-16

Helen Daniel, ‘Caught in the glare of a marriage breakdown’, Sydney Morning Herald, Spectrum, 30 April 1994, p.10A

Peter Coleman, ‘Starting a new life after 30 domestic years’, The Weekend Australian, The Weekend Review, 30 April/1 May, 1994, p.6

Susan Chenery, 'A woman not made for fame', The Weekend Australian, 30 April - 1 May 1994, Rev. 6

Beverley Farmer, ‘ Chasms of pain ’, The Age, Books Extra, Saturday 7 May 1994, p.7

Peter Craven, 'Nurturers and creators', The Age, 7 May 1994, p.7

Peter Craven, ‘Lighting provides that warm inner glow’, The Age, Sunday Agenda, 8 May 1994, p.10

Robin Lucas, ‘Dimly lit lives fail to shine’, The Bulletin , Vol. 116, No. 5919, 10 May 1994, pp.96-97

Katharine England, ‘Telling insight’, The Advertiser, Weekend Books, 21 May 1994, p.21

Susan Nicholls, ‘The rage of loss, the pleasure of discovery’, The Canberra Times, 28 May 1994, p.C11

Yvonne Miels, ‘Hang evil’, Australian Book Review, No. 160, May 1994, p.16

Subhash Jaireth, 'See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil: a novel in dialogues', Imago, New Writing Vol. 6. No. 2, July 1994, pp.96-97

Ruth Barcan, 'The F word in fiction', Social Alternatives, Vol. 13, No. 3-4, October 1994, pp.53-55

Graham Clark, 'Paperbacks review', The Courier Mail, 11 March, 1995, p.6

Jennifer Maiden, 'Meetability - Review', Overland, No. 138, Autumn 1995, pp.68-79

Peter Craven, 'Peter Craven looks at the career of Amy Witting and reviews her latest book In and Out the Window', Australian Book Review, No. 174, 1995, pp.40-42

Joan Slagle, 'Stories of women set out to liberate', Antipodes, Vol. 10, No. 2, December 1996, p.150

Donat Gallagher, 'The wolves always howl once ...', in The fantastic self: essays on the subject of the self', Eidolon Publications, 1999, pp.219-226

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In and Out the Window – published 1995

David Gaunt, Review of In and Out the Window, Australian Bookseller and Publisher, August, 1995, p.30

Daphne Guiness, Untitled, Sydney Morning Herald, 26 August, 1995, Spectrum, p.12A

Peter Coleman, ‘Crimes of the heart’, The Weekend Australian, Magazine, 27 August 1995, p.4

Peter Craven, ‘Peter Craven looks at the career of Amy Witting and reviews her latest book In and Out the Window’, Australian Book Review, September 1995, pp.40-42

Rosemary Sorensen, ‘Weird tales about school teachers and twin-setted librarians’, The Age, Saturday Extra, 9 September 1995, p.9

Simon Hughes, ‘Two tales of differing lives’, The Age, 24 September, 1995, p. 8

David Wood, ‘Cardboard cutouts’, The Courier Mail, 7 October 1995, p.6

Suzanne Roberts, ‘Tableaux vivants’, Australian Women’s Book Review, No. 3-4, November 1995, pp.2-3

Penelope Nelson & Anne Coombs, ‘The Year’s Best’, The Weekend Australian, ‘Books’, 16/17 December 1995, pp.8-9

Peter Craven, ‘The year of publishing dangerously’, The Independent Monthly, Vol. 7, No. 6, December/January 1995-1996, pp.87-90

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Collected Poems - published 1998

Stephen McInerney, ‘The straw of beauty’, Quadrant, May 1998, vol. 42 No. 5, p.85-86

Judith Rodriguez, 'Untitled Review', HOBO Poetry Magazine, June 1998, No. 17, pp.9-18

Thomas Shapcott, ‘An earlier ambience’, Australian Review of Books, 1998, No. 199, pp.45-46

Alan Wearne, ‘Wit and Witting’, The Sydney Morning Herald (Spectrum) 4 July 1998, p.14

 

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Maria’s War - published 1998

Elizabeth Wynhausen, 'Elena's Story, The Australian Magazine, August 2-3 1997 (This article documents Witting's involvement with the writing of Elena Jonaitis's story)

Christopher Bantick, 'Memories of war, love and loss', The Canberra Times, Sunday Times, 16 August 1998, p.20

Fiona Capp, ‘Paperbacks’, The Age Saturday Extra, 20 August 1998, p.9

Angela Bantick, 'A tale of two Elenas', The Sydney Morning Herald, 5 September 1998, p.8

Hilary Beaton, ‘Reflections on human nature’, The Courier Mail (Weekend), 5 September 1998, p.8

Jane Fraser, ‘Untitled Review’, The Australian’s Review of Books, Vol. 8. No. 6, September 1998, p.28

Peter Craven, ‘Tea and Tennessee’, The Weekend Australian, Review, 12-13 September 1998, p.14

Katharine England, ‘Women in the wars’ The Advertiser (Weekend), 12 September 1998, p.23

Diana Simmonds, ‘Witting’s winning ways’, The Bulletin, No. 117, No. 6143, 6 October 1998, p.75

Debra Adelaide, ‘Retired, but hardly retiring’, The Sydney Morning Herald (Spectrum), 24 October 1998, p.9

Marion Halligan, ‘Witting’s voice’, Australian Book Review, No. 205, October 1998, pp.19-20

Stephanie Green, ‘Untitled Review’, Westerley, Vol. 43, No. 4, Summer 1998, pp.137-139

Carmel MacDonald-Graheme, ‘Vintage Witting’, Hecate’s Australian Women’s Book Review, Vol. 10, 1998, pp.19-20

Graham Clark, ‘Paperbacks’, The Courier Mail, (Weekend), 27 March 1999, p.8

 

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Isobel on the Way to the Corner Shop - published 1999

 Diana Simmonds, ‘Late-blooming legend’, The Weekend Australian (Review), 26-27 June 1999, p.13

Kathy Hunt, ‘Back from the dead country ’, The Bulletin, Vol. 117, No. 6180, 29 June 1999, p.116

Jane Sullivan, 'A life experience', The Age, 3 July 1999, p.8

Peter Craven, ‘Triumph in face of adversity’, The Age (Saturday Extra), 24 July 1999, p.8

Michael Thomas, ‘Isobel’s unabsorbing tale of self-absorption’, The Canberra Sunday Times, 24 July 1999, p.18

Amanda Lohrey, ‘Consumption of the enemy within’, The Sydney Morning Herald, (Spectrum), 24 July 1999, p.9

Helen Garner, ‘Consuming hunger’, The Australian’s Review of Books, Vol. 4, No. 7, August 1999, p.6

Cameron Woodhead, ‘Return of Isobel’, Australian Book Review, No. 213, August 1999, p.22

Verna Coleman, ‘Amy’s magic mountain’, The Adelaide Review, No. 192, September 1999, pp.39-40

Katharine England, ‘From misery to healing’, The Advertiser (Weekend), 23 October 1999, p.25

Suzanne Hemming, ‘An eye for detail’, Hecate’s Australian Women’s Book Review, Vol. 11, 1999, pp.17-18

Janet M Brown, 'Isobel on the mountain top', Antipodes, Vol. 14, No. 1, June 2000, pp.70-71

Janet Chimonyo and Owen Richardson, 'Words to conjure with', The Age, 5 August 2000, p.7

Jason Steger, 'A is for Amy', The Age, 26 August 2000, p.3

Carmel MacDonald-Grahame, 'Acts of noticing: a consideration of some recent Australian Fiction', Westerley, Vol. 45, November 2000, pp.23-26

 

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Faces and Voices – Collected Short Stories - published 2000

Fiona Capp, ‘Paperbacks’, The Age, Saturday Extra, 29 April 2000, p.8

Veronica Sen, 'Paperbacks', Canberra Sunday Times, 4 June 2000, p.57

Peter Craven, 'Deft Realism', Australian Book Review, No. 223, August 2000, pp.32-33

 

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After Cynthia - published posthumously 2001

Ceridwen Spark, ‘Posthumous novel not Witting's best’, The Canberra Times, 3 November 2001, p.16

Anon, 'Paperbacks Review 2001', The Courier Mail, 3 November 2001, p.6

Susan Kurosawa, ‘Memorable minutiae’, The Weekend Australian, 10-11 November 2001, p.R12

Margaret Jones, 'PS: Death, not love, keeps them talking', The Sydney Morning Herald, 10-11 November, 2001, p.11

Peter Craven, 'Final gift of a supple realist', The Age, 1 December 2001, p.9

Katharine England, 'Playground rulers', The Advertiser, 5 January 2002, p.19

Lucy Sussex, 'Mars bars and ecstasy', Overland, No. 167, Winter, 2002, pp.108-110

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 Articles/biographical entries about Amy Witting

Gus de Brito, ' "I'm just a suburban mum", says sex writer', Daily Mirror, 16 August 1974

Janette Turner Hospital, ‘A writer who dared to be different’, The Age, Saturday Extra, 14 October 1989, p.10; simultaneously published as: ‘A writer comes in from the cold’ in The Sydney Morning Herald, 14 October 1989, p.80

Peter Craven, ‘An unwitting excellence’, The Sunday Herald, 25 March 1990, p.36

Diana Simmonds, ‘A cuddly kind of power’, The Bulletin, 19 June 1990, pp.142-143

Jane Sullivan, Shelf Life, The Age, Saturday Extra, 25 May 1991, p.7

Laurie Clancy, A Reader's Guide to Australian Literature, Oxford University Press, 1992, pp.244.245

Ian Reid, Narrative Exchanges, Routledge, London, 1992, pp.103-123

Peter Craven, ‘SBS's unsuitable boy’, The Australian, Higher Education Supplement, 18 November 1993

Anon, ‘Top literary award to woman author’, The Advertiser, 20 November 1993

Anne Lim, ‘Amy Witting recalls a moment of literary glory’, The Weekend Australian, 20/21, November 1993, p.3

Ian Hicks, ‘Understated writer honoured’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 20 November 1993 simultaneously published in abbreviated form as: ‘Witting wins Patrick White prize’ in The Age, 20 November 1993

Elizabeth Riddell, ‘It’s really all about writing’, Australian Bookseller & Publisher, March 1994, Vol. 73, No. 1945, pp.14-16

Susan Chenery, ‘A woman not made for fame’, The Weekend Australian, The Weekend Review, 30 April/1 May 1994, p.6

Peter Craven, ‘Let’s hope the god’s aren’t crazy’, The Australian, Higher Education Supplement, 4 May 1994, p.30

Peter Craven, 'Nurturers and creators', The Age, Books Extra, Saturday 7 May 1994, p.7

Jane Sullivan, 'Shelf Life', The Age, Saturday Extra, 1 June 1994, p.7

William Wilde & Joy Hooton (eds.), Amy Witting, entry in The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature, 2nd Edition, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, Australia, 1994, pp. 823-824

Peter Coleman, ‘The secret world of pseudonyms’, The Weekend Australian, 27 August 1995, p.4

Sherryl Clarke, ‘A keen observer’, The Sun Herald, 18 November 1995

Barry Oakley (ed.), ‘The Year’s Best’, The Weekend Australian, 16/17 December 1995, Review pp.8-9. (Ann Coombs and Penelope Nelson comment on In and Out the Window.)

Sherryl Clarke, 'Writers at work: pinning down the intangible', Famous Reporter, No.12, December 1995, pp.66-68

Jane Sullivan, ‘The hard slog and the little knack', The Age, Books Extra, 9 March 1996, p.7

Yvonne Miels, 'Gold out of straw – an introduction to the life and work of Amy Witting', Current Tensions: Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, 6-11 July 1996, pp.39-49

Julian Croft, ‘Stories long on diversity’, The Weekend Australian, 28/29 September 1996, p.9

Matt Condon, ‘Chasing Amy’, The Sun Herald, Sunday Life, Sunday 30 August 1998, p.28

Peter Craven, ‘Standing up for strugglers, senatorially’, The Higher Education Supplement, The Australian, 19 May 1999, p.38

Jane Sullivan, ‘A life experience’, The Age, Saturday Extra, 3 July 1999, p.8

Lorna Sage (ed.), The Cambridge Guide to Women's Writing in English, Cambridge University Press, 1999, p.674

Peter Craven, ‘Giants among the pygmies’, The Higher Education Supplement, The Australian, 16 August 2000

Janer Eldridge Miller, (ed.) Who's Who in Contemporary Women's Writing, Routledge, 2001, p.347

Judith Rodriguez, 'Some of our best writers are late starters', Writing Queensland, No. 102, November 2001, pp.6-7

Winnie Salamon, Cambridge Wizard Student Guide, I for Isobel, Cambridge University Press, 2003

Joanne Ross, 'She rolled her own', unpublished article, 2003

Elizabeth Nelson, 'Beating the odds – the career of Amy Witting', National Library of Australia News, June 2004, pp.15-17

Inside Stories Study Guide: I for Isobel, Victorian Association of Teachers of English, www.vatge.org.au

Joanne Oliver, 'A Quest for Selfhood and Love: Isobel's Journey in Amy Witting's I for Isobel and Isobel on the Way to the Corner Shop, Master of Arts thesis, Macquarie University, 2005

Yvonne Miels, Amy Witting entry in Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 323 (Australian Literature) 1975-2000, Bruccoli, Clark, Layman, Columbia, USA, 2006

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Obituaries

Peter Craven, 'Amy Witting: Writer', The Age, 25 September 2001, p.T7

Peter Craven, 'Vale to a writer of sap and fire', The Australian, 26 September 2001, p.42

Peter Coleman, 'Literary wild flower bloomed amid neglect', The Australian, 27 September,2001, p.14

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