Nineteen - A Collection Of Stories By Women & Silverfish New Writing I, II, III
Thanks to aLiya's generosity, I managed to get hold of these books, all published by Silverfishbooks, a local bookshop / literature activist / society of sorts.
These three books are collections of short stories submitted by everyday people from Philippines, and Australia, and even from Hong Kong, India, and Korea, although intended originally to showcase only Malaysian writing. Personally, I found the first two of the series rather dissapointing, barring a few gems that held my attention long enough to want to re-read them.
The third installment however, restored my hope in the future of Malaysian writing, especially in reading "Malaysia Literature in English: Challenges and Prospects in the New Millennium", by Muhammad A. Quayum from Universiti Putra Malaysia. It was a well researched paper that tracked through history and socio-political influences in Malaysian literature, it was all very enlightening indeed.
The nineteen short stories in Nineteen, too, weren't too bad. As a matter of fact, some of these stories written by women were quite good. But perhaps I'm not one to judge as am viable to be quite biased when it comes to women writing issues that are close to my heart ;)
I have to say that it's all quite encouraging indeed to see that they're calling for entries again for the next installment, Silverfish New Writing IV. Send your submissions in to firstname.lastname@example.org, and head over to this page for more on the requirements & format of your submissions. The closing date is about three weeks from now, 31th March 2004, so quick - poise your fingers over your trusty keyboard, and er. let them scamper around (in an orderly fashion), squeeze those creative juices, and waste no time okays.