Blog 2 ­ Susan Steggall

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THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART I

THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART I

  30 APRIL 2020, 18.00 Hours In a parallel 2020, Jack and I should be buckled into our seats on SQ 0242, about to take off for Singapore, thence to Koh Samui to pick up our 7-day Star Clipper cruise. No use moaning so I am going to write a day-to-day blog to simulate our trip. The closest I can get to a seatbelt is the one in our…

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RE-CARVING AN IDENTITY

    Highly Commended Society of Women Writers NSW 2019 National Writing Competition - Non Fiction   It is 1908. A young woman with dark eyes and hair looks confidently at the camera. She is wearing a white dress with a high V-neckline and full sleeves, her only adornment a single long-stemmed rose in her right hand. It is a conventional studio portrait of a society belle, nothing to indicate…

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Reflections on Writing Biography

  ‘Eventually we accept the ghosts that haunt us’[i]   Biography has long been a source of frustration and satisfaction. I have studied its theoretical aspects for an academic thesis, its social and emotional ramifications for biographies ranging from ten-thousand-word memoirs to 85,000-word manuscripts. Yet there remain mysterious currents to the writing of biography; unchartered waters to explore. An essay by Australian author Ruth Park – ‘This way to the…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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