"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”
"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.
"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”
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
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
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
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
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
One of my closest friends married a man who plays music. He and I create magic when we jam - our fingers fly over our guitars and our voices harmonise and my friend videos us for posterity, ie. so we can all have a good laugh at a later date. He has also built his… Continue reading Kath’s Song