Admirable Artists, Wonderful Writing

Inspiring Poetry = Inspired World

OutLoud Secondary Digital Slam! 2020 FinalAmanda Gorman This time last year this arrived in my inbox from the Wheeler Centre (a place which does everything writing, for and about writers, named after its patrons Maureen and Tony Wheeler of Lonely Planet fame): Here's that reminder you asked for. Tomorrow from 6.15pm (AEDT), you can tune… Continue reading Inspiring Poetry = Inspired World

Admirable Artists, Wonderful Writing

Award-winning legal crime?

Remember Samiksha Battacharjee? Having reviewed her YA book I believe she has a great future as an author, and will make a strong contribution to the literary world, especially in the creative space for - and by - young people. Well, Legal Crime has been shortlisted for an award where anybody in the world can… Continue reading Award-winning legal crime?

Admirable Artists

Artist Profile: Emilie Zoey Baker

Award-winning Australian poet, Emilie Zoey Baker I first came across this delightful poet last year, through her playful poem: I have a hat with tiny woolen ears I have a hat with tiny woolen ears When I put it on I hear secret things.I didn’t know it when I bought it butI pick up sounds I… Continue reading Artist Profile: Emilie Zoey Baker

Admirable Artists, Wonderful Writing

Youngest British YA Author

The book The author Samiksha Bhattacharjee, author of Legal Crime, found me. She asked if I would like to review her recently-released debut novel. It is with great pleasure that I present my review. ************************************* Legal Crime is an impressive debut novel written by “the youngest YA author in the UK”1,as noted in the guest… Continue reading Youngest British YA Author

Self Stretch, Wonderful Writing

Inaugural Poetry Month

August is Poetry Month - in Australia, if not in further reaches. Red Room Poetry, an organisation for students (and teachers), is creating a poem forest: POEM FOREST is a free nature writing prize that literally breathes life back into the natural world that sustains us. Created by Red Room Poetry, in partnership with The Australian Botanic Garden, POEM… Continue reading Inaugural Poetry Month

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Artist Profile: Fred Smith

The artistThe book Tonic. That's the predominant word that comes to mind when I consider The Dust of Uruzgan. Once in a while something happens along that is kairos - the exact thing that is needed at a particular time. Fred Smith's heartwarming book is one of those. My connection with Fred is as a… Continue reading Artist Profile: Fred Smith

Admirable Artists, Creative Crafts

On Fashion

Melbourne-based tattoo artist, Benjamin Suski: scroll down for more information When I was growing up, having a tattoo was a sign of membership to the underbelly of society: the hoodlums and nasties that frequented jails and motorcycle gangs. I knew people with prison-style self-done tattoos of blue ink (spelling L O V E and H… Continue reading On Fashion