Kate Baker, ‘Standard-Bearer’
From the vantage point of the present, the idea that Australian writing needs standard-bearers (self-chosen advocates, driven by their own inner vision) probably strikes the contemporary mind as somewhat naive. Yet the first three decades of this century produced a Kate Baker—one who, not being herself a creative writer, saw it as her mission in life to press for the recognition of Australian writers. Her existence, and then the thankful recognition of her existence, reflect our needs at a transitional stage between the 'nineties and World War II.
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