THE EASTER EGG HUNT

THE  EASTER EGG HUNT

Well I’d been  looking  forward to the  Easter Bunny visiting for weeks, but  on Saturday everything started to go wrong.  See, we were in Sydney visiting my Granny Jean when  it started  raining  so hard that  Dr Bob decided we shouldn’t drive home because it was a

Read more

THE NOT SO SECRET LITERARY AGENT

THE NOT SO SECRET LITERARY AGENT

LITERARY AGENT ANGST In 2011 I completed  a narrative non-fiction book on a controversial, 19th century criminal case. The events in The Water Doctor’s Daughters take place in France and England, and as an opening gambit I aim high and email a query letter to one of

Read more

Mr Eternity – Arthur Stace

Mr Eternity - Arthur Stace

*THIS ARTICLE WAS FIRST PUBLISHED, IN A SLIGHTLY SHORTER VERSION, IN THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. FROM THE BATTLEFIELD TO SAVING SOULS. Much has been written about the mysterious ‘Mr Eternity’, Arthur Stace, who chalked his famous one word sermon throughout the streets of Sydney. Less well known

Read more

CHURG STRAUSS SYNDROME

CHURG STRAUSS SYNDROME

 A  RARE AND BAFFLING ILLNESS – CHURG STRAUSS SYNDROME! This is the first time I have written about the very rare auto-immune condition I was diagnosed  with  in  February 2012.  I had been rushed to hospital a couple of weeks earlier after collapsing with a suspected heart

Read more

ROYAL BATHURST SHOW IS A WINNER!

ROYAL BATHURST SHOW IS A WINNER!

BIG DAY OUT! The month of May can be a bit nippy in the central west of New South Wales. However, for the organizers of the Royal Bathurst Show there is a bonus.  Inside the showground are giant elms, in full autumn glory. Having attended Sydney’s Royal

Read more

ROYAL EASTER SHOW!

ROYAL EASTER SHOW!

 IN THE BEGINNING – Tasmania, 1950s One of the first articles I  sold, many years ago, was about the Ulverstone Agricultural Show. It was the annual  highlight of my childhood. My father was on the show committee, so thankfully we attended  rain, hail or shine. In good

Read more

MOVIES THAT MESSED WITH MY MIND!

MOVIES THAT MESSED WITH MY MIND!

CHILDHOOD TRAUMA The movie Raintree County (1957), starring Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift had a profound effect on me.  I think it was the first ‘grown-up’ movie I ever saw. My mother was besotted with Liz Taylor, especially by her violet eyes. We lived in  rural Tasmania 

Read more

A Mother’s Love Expressed in Reading Aloud.

A Mother's Love Expressed in Reading Aloud.

Sixty years ago I was a wide eyed, sharp eared kid growing up on Tasmania’s North West Coast.  One weekend my mother and  I visited her brother’s family in a nearby town.  Over afternoon tea my aunt  described an incident that had taken place a few days

Read more

Queen Victoria – statues, strife and scandals!

Queen Victoria - statues, strife and scandals!

A  ROYAL REPLICA Early last century John Norton, firebrand editor of Sydney’s Truth newspaper, described Queen Victoria rather unkindly as; ‘..the podgy figured, sulky faced little German woman whose ugly statue at the top of King Street sagaciously keeps one eye on the Mint while with the

Read more

GUEST BLOG

Here is a  guest blog from my friend, neighbour and fellow writer, Virginia. THE TUG OF A TERRIFIC TITLE by Virginia King The Great Gatsby has become a household name, especially after Baz Luhrmann’s recent movie version of the classic.  It’s the published title of F Scott

Read more