The Water Doctor’s Daughters Literary Walk; St Leonards.

THE MARSDEN SISTERS MOVE SOUTH This is an extension of The Water Doctor’s Daughters’ original literary walk  around the town of  Great Malvern, Worcestershire. In 1876 Dr James Marsden separated from his second wife Mary to pursue an affair with  Sabina  Welch, a servant girl from Malvern.   Emily, the

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NAME THAT BOOK! CHOOSING A TITLE

NAME THAT BOOK! CHOOSING A TITLE

WHAT’S IN A NAME? I recently expressed some disquiet over a book title  chosen by a fellow member of a writers’ group. He  was  actually  seeking advice on whether to include a blurb on the back cover of his memoir. Perhaps rightly, he was not impressed when

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UNINTENTIONAL MARKETING

UNINTENTIONAL MARKETING

  We writers are often rather introverted people. How  cruel that after  we write our books in our quiet little nests, we  have to expose ourselves to the big wide world.  Oh dear, giving talks and speaking on radio etc will always terrify me, no matter how

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AUSTRALIA DAY ANGST

BLOWN TO THE LEFT IN A COLD WIND OF CHANGE Until recently the only concept I  had of  being ‘left’ in any sense was being left handed. Since I am not a violinist it has never caused me huge problems, except when signing books at author functions.

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THE GENTLE GENIUS OF MAY GIBBS

THE  GENTLE GENIUS OF MAY GIBBS

A DAY OUT FOR EDITOR DES (THAT’S ME) Well one day my guardian Pauline Conolly took me to Sydney as a special treat. Now  she loves  going to the State Library, but I don’t  (boooooring!!) I was  pretty p…..d off when we ended up there (sorry, I

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LETTERS TO SANTA

LETTERS TO SANTA

WRITING  TO SANTA IS A SERIOUS BUSINESS; AN  ILLUSTRATED ESSAY BY EDITOR DES…. ER, THAT’S ME! Well here is a letter  written by a little Australian  boy called Paddy, exactly one hundred years ago.   Who do you think Paddy was? (see answer at the bottom of

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OH CHRISTMAS TREE!

OH CHRISTMAS TREE!

Hello, Editor Des here,   Well I have been searching  all over Sydney for the best Christmas tree. I found the first one in Cremorne when we were having a little holiday. I thought I really set it off.  I’m a true ornament.  Hahaha. Red and green

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TASMANIA–AN ADVENTURE

Well  last week I went on a  holiday to Tasmania in search of two special little girls called Ellie and Ash.  My elderly guardians Pauline  and Rob are their great auntie and uncle.   I reckon this might make me their adoptive fourth cousin thrice removed. OK,  so

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LOST AND FOUND IN OLD SYDNEY TOWN

LOST AND FOUND IN OLD SYDNEY TOWN

Hello, Editor Des here. I have been in Sydney lately  doing some historical research on Queen Victoria and her husband Albert. However, my trip turned into a real life drama So here’s what happened. I went into the city  on the bus with my guardian, Pauline Conolly.

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REFLECTIONS ON A VISIT TO NICE

REFLECTIONS ON  A VISIT TO NICE

THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE WAS FIRST PUBLISHED IN THE TRAVEL SECTION OF THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN My partner and I are driving through Nice when  a group of local youths begin jeering at a cavalcade of stereo blasting Ferraris. With complete disregard for following  traffic, all three drivers  screech

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