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Book Review: The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood

Brave! That’s what I would call Charlotte Wood, having just finished reading her Stella Award novel, 'The Natural Way of Things'. The first thought that fixes in my mind is “unnatural”, and this novel is disturbing, to say the least. I have had friends say they...

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RUOK? – but she wasn’t.

Our hands touched as she reached for the Arts flyers in the stand near the supermarket. Culture vultures lurk there often. I was collecting info on upcoming theatre performances I might like to attend and so was she. She smiled at me and asked if I was local or from...

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Canberra Ideas Worth Spreading

Standing ovations are rare in this country. Performers have to really earn them and rarely do performances move an Australian audience to the point where empathy surpasses apathy! It’s not because we don’t care. It’s not because we are generally apathetic – no. It’s...

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Book Review: Flesh Wounds by Richard Glover

Richard Glover conducts a heartfelt, meticulous autopsy of his key family relationships in Flesh Wounds. The result? We get the sinister and the sensitive, the heart-wrenching and the uplifting, the humorous and the melancholy, the hubris and the intellect — but wait...

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Writer as Flâneur

I was tickled pink to learn a new concept from one of my writing clients this week. (A common byproduct and perk of my work as a consultant to talented writers!) The concept I came across was that of the flâneur (which arises from nineteenth-century French literary...

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Book Review: Eye of the Sheep by Sofie Laguna

In a process akin to osmosis, Sofie Laguna draws us deeply into this story, breaking through our semi-permeable membrane. We are transported through the mind of young Jimmy Flick, a child who thinks in patterns, has an incredible bond with his mother and who certainly...

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Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival Experience

I have recently returned from the Southern Highlands where they were celebrating their fifth annual writers’ festival this year, and I have to say that it’s one of the best regional festivals I have ever attended! The Creative Director of the festival is Michaela...

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What I Learnt from A Comedy Masterclass with Tim Ferguson

Having spent two whole days (9-5) locked in a room with Tim Ferguson (along with a bunch of other writers and stand-up comedians), I would have to say, was one of the best decisions I have made when faced with a lot of choices at that particular time. It was, by far,...

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Book Review: How To Be A Writer by John Birmingham

  Reading this book was like some kind of masochistic scraping over the hot coals, and yet, in inimitable JB style, (that ‘slap in the face’ method of getting your attention), works for me! John’s irreverent style not only works, but is also invaluable for newly...

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