In a superb piece of reportage from Griffith Review 53: Our Sporting Life, ‘Golden girls: Learning to be active’, Annie Zaidi meets an intrepid group of Indian female wrestlers. Here, ordinary young women are doing an extraordinary thing: breaking down centuries of tradition and taboo to achieve gold medal success in international competition.
Annie Zaidi writes fiction, non-fiction, poetry and scripts. She is the editor of Unbound: 2,000 years of Indian Women’s Writing (Aleph, 2015) and the author of Gulab (HarperCollins, 2014); Love Stories # 1 to 14 (HarperCollins, 2012); and Known Turf: Bantering with Bandits and Other True Tales (Tranquebar, 2010). She is also the co-author of The Good Indian Girl (Zubaan, 2011). Her work has appeared in several anthologies, including Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean (Allen & Unwin, 2015), Mumbai Noir (Akashic, 2012), Walking Towards Ourselves (Hardie Grant, 2016) and Women Changing India (Zubaan, 2013).
Sometimes, it is hard to see the rainbow for the clouds. In her piece from Griffith Review 47: Looking West, ‘Might be rainbows’, Holly Ringland tells the story of her life-changing trip through remote and desolate communities in WA, procuring Aboriginal artwork to sell in Uluru and destroying preconceptions along the way.
In her twenties, Holly worked for four years in a remote Indigenous community in the central Australian desert. Moving to England in 2009, she obtained her MA in creative writing from the University of Manchester in 2011. She now divides her time between the UK and Australia. Her debut novel The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart is due to be published by 4th Estate in April 2018.
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