Admirable Artists, Reflective Reviews, Wonderful Writing

ArtsHub: “Gilded”

"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”

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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”

Self Stretch

Guest Editor of the Babe Letter

I'm lucky enough to have discovered HerStry and Babes Who Write, a dynamic and inclusive writing space for women. It's a place for me to meet other authors, discuss things writerly and sharpen my writing tools. I personally get a lot out of these interactions and feel like I am always learning new things about… Continue reading Guest Editor of the Babe Letter

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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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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

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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

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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…