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JUMPS AND CUTS: RESPONDING TO LIBBY SOMMER

 

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ME AND MY WRITING LIFE with WRITERS' STUDIO

ME AND MY WRITING LIFE with WRITERS' STUDIO

 

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NEW AND NEWS - IN MY WRITING LIFE

After the high of Wednesday’s Society of Women Writers NSW meeting at which we announced the 2016 winner of the Di Yerbury Residency, Pamela Rushby, I was off to Canberra for a meeting of the Independent Scholars Association of Australia (ISAA). At the meeting we were planning quite a different event – ISAA’s annual conference on 13 and 14 October 2016. This years theme: ‘The Good the Bad and the...

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WHERE TO FROM HERE? A NEW WRITING ADVENTURE

I am currently completing the manuscript for a second art mystery novel, with the provisional title of 'Due Respect', and will soon need to inch my toes forward to the edge of the starting block and send the MS to some publishing possibilities. With some trepidation as so far I have not managed to attract much interest - which is putting it mildly!

So... what to do and where to from...

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Writing, Juggling, Reading and Staying Afloat.

 

The Internet has brought previously unheard-of opportunities for writers to engage with the wider world without even having to emerge from their burrows. However finding time for all the ancillary jobs a writer must do these days to attract public attention – reviews for Goodreads, blogs, chats, keeping up with Facebook, connecting with writers’ groups, taking workshops about whether to e-book or not to be e-book – there no longer...

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The Hotham Street Ladies Serve One Up to Picasso, with a Nod to Judy Chicago

The Hotham Street Ladies Serve One Up to Picasso, with a Nod to Judy Chicago

On a recent visit to Melbourne I gravitated to Federation Square attracted as much by the vibrant people-filled forecourt as the grandeur of its architecture and sense of civic space. Melbourne Now was on, a vast sprawling exhibition showcasing Melbourne art, craft and design of the here and now. I was in town for the annual conference of the AAANZ 'Interdiscipline'. 'Contemporary' and 'contemporaneous' were much discussed at the conference, in...

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On the Subject of Books

 

On 18 November I attended the 2013 David Scott Mitchell Memorial Lecture, given by Dr Rick Gekoski – writer/editor, academic, broadcaster and author of the highly entertaining Lost, Stolen Or Shredded: Stories of Missing Works of Art and Literature (Allen & Unwin, 2013). Talking on ‘The Life and Death of the Book’ Gekoski took us through the history of written texts from stone tablets, to papyrus scrolls, illuminated manuscripts and...

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Experiences in Vietnam

John and I recently made a brief visit to Vietnam on our way home from France. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience – not only pleasurable excursions to the old town of Hoi An with its Hoi An Historic Hotel (a gracious building set in cool green gardens with huge old trees) and sunset over the beautiful World-Heritage listed Ha Long Bay, but also challenging visits to the War Remnants...

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A Feminist between the Wars

A Feminist Between the Wars

In Eilean Giblin: a feminist between the wars (Monash University Press, 2013), Patricia Clarke sets up an interesting scenario in paralleling Giblin’s life with that of many women who have gone missing in action in the twentieth century. Women whose quiet achievements did not grab the headlines but who contributed much that was vital to the fabric of Australian society. The invisibility Clarke found 'in...

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Books Under The Bed

As I said in my last blog, reading challenges of all stripes and colours are quite the rage these days.

Last week (before surgery), while scrabbling on the floor under the bed, looking for the pencil I’d dropped (I always have paper and...

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