"Gilded" by Marissa Meyer This book is a treasure: a YA/Adult delve into a fairytale land of mythical creatures, medieval-style life (complete with magic, of course) and a plot that reframes Rumpelstiltskin. In this clever book the author's research into the setting and the narrative style is evident. At 600-odd* pages it's a fantastic escape… Continue reading ArtsHub: “Gilded”
"SOUL fury" displayed at the Bendigo Art Gallery SOUL fury is the first visual art exhibition I have reviewed. With works from sixteen female artists within Islamic culture, I discovered great works with powerful messages. Impactful. Enjoy my review!
"I Hear the Black Raven" Sometimes a real gem finds its way to me: this book is a rarity in its unique style, a real delight! I totally dug this book! Read my Reedsy review here.
"Elvis: Direct from Graceland" - Bendigo Art Gallery How lucky am I to be asked to cover this Australian exclusive exhibition for ArtsHub? I learned so much about the King! Read my review here.
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
"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”
"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”
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
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?
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