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, 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

Self Stretch, Wonderful Writing

World Poetry Day

World Poetry Day 21 March is World Poetry Day, in which UNESCO (which has a wonderful motto of building peace in the minds of men and women) "recognizes the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind." Here is my humble contribution to the volume of poetry in the world… Continue reading World Poetry Day

Admirable Artists, Wonderful Writing

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

Wonderful Writing

Everyone has a story to tell…

  ...and every story is fascinating. That's my take-home from the National Writers' Conference, which I attended in Melbourne two weekends ago. Part of the two-week-long Emerging Writers' Festival, it provides a forum for writers to share their experiences and ideas. Izzy Roberts-Orr, the Artistic Director, incorporates diverse writing styles (magazines, journalism, fiction, non-fiction, poetry,… Continue reading Everyone has a story to tell…