Admirable Artists

Thrive at Midsumma

Midsumma Festival is a Melbourne fixture. Running from January into February, it's a celebration of everything queer. The program features arts of all kinds, and many of the offerings do tours of the regions as part of the increasingly visible, burgeoning Pride Festivals. My transfem thespian daughter gravitates towards the queer community in all aspects… Continue reading Thrive at Midsumma

Admirable Artists, Marvellous Music, Reflective Reviews, Self Stretch

ArtsHub: most popular reviews

My review on Elvis: Direct from Graceland was one of ArtsHub's most popular reviews this year! I am chuffed to have my work listed in this space: writing can be a lonely occupation, with the volume of output not necessarily matching the volume of feedback, so gifts like this are validating, confirming that my writing… Continue reading ArtsHub: most popular reviews

Admirable Artists, Wonderful Writing

Author Interview: Danielle Dayney 2

Danielle Dayney (Photo courtesy of  Kerry Mulhern) I had the great pleasure of reviewing Danielle Dayney's book, When Love Sticks Around. We then did an interview ... enjoy! This is Part Two of my interview with Danielle Dayney. Read Part One. DANIELLE DAYNEY ON THEME: LOVE AND FAMILY AH: You often state that you didn’t/couldn’t trust… Continue reading Author Interview: Danielle Dayney 2

Admirable Artists, Wonderful Writing

Author Interview: Danielle Dayney 1

Danielle Dayney (Photo courtesy of  Kerry Mulhern) I had the great pleasure of reviewing Danielle Dayney's book, When Love Sticks Around. We then did an interview ... enjoy! This is Part One of my interview with Danielle Dayney. DANIELLE DAYNEY ON WRITING: Annabel Harz: Tell me about your decision to write a memoir: why and when… Continue reading Author Interview: Danielle Dayney 1

Admirable Artists, Bountiful Books, Reflective Reviews, Wonderful Writing

“When Love Sticks Around”

When Love Sticks Around When Love Sticks Around contains first-person vignettes woven into a montage incorporating universal themes of family, love and belonging. It tracks Danielle Dayney’s childhood in Toledo to her married life in Detroit and New York. As a child the author didn’t recognise her family’s poverty, stating that her mother – a… Continue reading “When Love Sticks Around”

Admirable Artists

Guest Blog: Robin L. Harvey

Robin L. Harvey I have featured Robin's work in previous posts: my review of her book PTSD, and her professional reviews on Not the Public Broadcaster. I invite you to enjoy her guest blog, below:             Recently I saw the opera, Georges Bizet’s Carmen, a production I’ve long adored. However, that October night when I… Continue reading Guest Blog: Robin L. Harvey

Admirable Artists, Reflective Reviews, Wonderful Writing

Review: “PTSD”

PTSD: Poems To Slay Demons Robin L. Harvey approached me for a review of her book: her first work of personal writing (as opposed to her public writing as a journalist). What a delight it was to read this poetry anthology! I hope you enjoy my review. PTSD: Poems To Slay Demons is powerful. Robin… Continue reading Review: “PTSD”

Admirable Artists, Reflective Reviews

ArtsHub Review: “A History of Dreams”

A History of Dreams by Jane Rawson Another exceptional book, compliments of ArtsHub, that keeps me abreast of the wonderful home-grown talent we have Down Under: long gone are the parochial days, replaced with world-stage genius! I haven't read Jane Rawson's earlier works and am now on the look-out for them: the way she weaves… Continue reading ArtsHub Review: “A History of Dreams”

Admirable Artists, Reflective Reviews

Review: “Blood of the Eagle”

Blood of the Eagle by Anthony Kearle I digressed from my usual book type to read this one. I admit, it took a bit to get into the high fantasy genre ... and it was a worthwhile diversion! ********** Blood of the Eagle by Anthony Kearle is a high fantasy novel following multiple key characters… Continue reading Review: “Blood of the Eagle”

Admirable Artists, Creative Crafts, Forever Friendships, Reflective Reviews

Review: “B.D.I.”

This is the review I provided to Readers' Favorite, a review forum which wanted a sample of my writing before it accepted me as a reviewer. It is written to the forum's specifications: two paragraphs of roughly equal length, to a word limit. The book, the brainchild of our Irish-artist-friend Kevin McCann, features contemporary pieces… Continue reading Review: “B.D.I.”