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?

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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

Admirable Artists, Reflective Reviews, 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: 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

Admirable Artists, Reflective Reviews

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

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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

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Note to Naomi

Naomi Osaka: a role model of integrity and compassion Naomi Osaka left the French Open: her appeal to the machine that is the professional tennis circuit - to be excused from post-match interviews due to her anxiety, as she is battling depression - ultimately fell on deaf ears. Full disclosure: I am not, have never… Continue reading Note to Naomi

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Angel of the Morning

Juice Newton in 1981 Sequentially-random scrolling1 through YouTube + Ultimate Guitar led me to this song. The simple chords and structure make it a joy to play, and Juice Newton's angelic voice is divine. (Juice's release is not the original: according to Wikipedia, although not the first recording/release, the honour of the first version to… Continue reading Angel of the Morning

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Artist Profile: Michael Waugh

Michael's albums: perfect for a relaxed evening around a campfire, catching up with friends ... or for any other time of the day or night, when a mellow mood is sought. We first met Michael Waugh three years ago, when he was our designated muso to billet for our local Folkie. An established teacher of… Continue reading Artist Profile: Michael Waugh

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Come sit down beside me

Come sit down beside me, I said to myself.  And although it doesn’t make sense, I held my own hand as a small sign of trust And together I sat on the fence.                - Michael Leunig I first came across this poem in College, studying Children’s Literature. It made an immediate impact because of its… Continue reading Come sit down beside me