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Review: The Cat Empire

The Cat Empire's original line-up The Cat Empire is a band I've been following with my children since their inception (inception of the band and my children). We are fans of the jazz-fusion rhythms, to which we have danced equally enthusiastically at concerts and around our lounge room. With the original six-piece line-up now going… Continue reading Review: The Cat Empire

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Inaugural ArtsHub Review: “Love & Virtue”

"Love & Virtue" by Diana Reid A ripper of a novel, set in the university dorms of a Sydney university and covering topical issues around entitlement, sexual consent and ethical behaviour which have been rife in the Australian press over the last couple of years. If not a game-changer, then definitely a conversation-starter ... or… Continue reading Inaugural ArtsHub Review: “Love & Virtue”

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Review: “Shackled Freedom”

"Shackled Freedom" by Dasan Ahanu I was asked by Rick Lite from Stress Free Book Marketing if I'd like to review this book. I relish books from outside my experience because that's how I learn about the world from other people's vantage points, those from other walks of life ... and as I'm not a… Continue reading Review: “Shackled Freedom”

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Inspiring Poetry = Inspired World

OutLoud Secondary Digital Slam! 2020 Final Amanda 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… Continue reading Inspiring Poetry = Inspired World

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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?

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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

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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: scroll down past the trailer. https://videopress.com/v/rGWWHwbW?resizeToParent=true&cover=true&preloadContent=metadata Watch the trailer of my interview with Samiksha. Watch the full interview at the end… Continue reading Youngest British YA Author

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Artist Profile: Fred Smith

The artist The 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… Continue reading Artist Profile: Fred Smith