What is Left Over, After, by Natasha Lester

What is Left Over, After, by Natasha Lester

I recently finished reading Natasha Lester’s ‘What is Left Over, After’ (Fremantle Press, 2010). The story opens in Sydney, with 36-week pregnant Gaelle, a fashion photographer, about to have an emergency caesarian. It then skips ahead to a few months after the birth,...
Bittersweet

Bittersweet

It’s that time of the year, busy with Christmas preparations, end-of-school services, speech days, and a graduation: Our eldest has finished school. Hard to believe, really, as I still think of our family as looking like this: But no, this isn’t us...
Launch of Jukebox

Launch of Jukebox

As of yesterday, it is official: I am a published author. I must say, I felt thrilled and anxious at seeing my words in print for the first time. Thrilled because I want people to read what I’ve written, but anxious because people can read what...
Invitation to Book Launch

Invitation to Book Launch

LAUNCH OF ‘JUKEBOX’, OOTA’s 2013 Anthology Sunday, 10th November,  1.00 – 4.00pm Pavlich Room, Fremantle Arts Centre.  Launched by Bruce Russell. Includes readings from contributors, drinks and finger food. Cost of book is...
A soft toy murder mystery …

A soft toy murder mystery …

Last night, Rupert, joey of Rowena the toy kangaroo, was badly mauled and mutilated. By the time we found him, he had severe facial trauma and half an ear missing. My plastic surgery skills weren’t up to the task, so unfortunately, we had to pronounce Rupert...
Finding Jasper, by Lynne Leonhardt

Finding Jasper, by Lynne Leonhardt

Finding Jasper is Lynne Leonhardt’s first novel and the first novel-length book published by Margaret River Press. The story centres around Gin (Virginia), the youngest of the three generations of Partridge family women whose stories are portrayed – Gin’s...
Reflections of a Breast Physician

Reflections of a Breast Physician

I worked as a breast physician in a breast clinic for seven years. We screened women at high-risk of developing breast cancer, investigated those with breast symptoms, and followed women up after their treatment for cancer. We met the women in the morning, took a...
Part 3: And life goes on …

Part 3: And life goes on …

This is the third and final instalment in this series about my sister’s death. If you want to read the earlier instalments, click for Part 1 or Part 2. However, I pulled all three posts together as a single essay, which I called, ‘Tribute to a...
BREAKING NEWS …

BREAKING NEWS …

I interrupt normal blog transmission to share breaking news of the novel’s progress: I have been selected as a 2014 Varuna Residential Fellowship Recipient. What is that? I hear you ask. Well, it’s bed and board and a writing desk for two weeks, at Varuna,...
Part 3: And life goes on …

Part 2: The next few days

This is Part 2 in a series I’ve written about the death of my sister. If you wish to read Part 1, click here. I have made it easier to read by pulling all three parts together as a single essay, ‘Tribute to a Sister’. ~ My sister’s boyfriend’s...
Part 3: And life goes on …

Part 1: Friday, November 13th, 1987

*I’ve combined the three blog posts about my sister’s death into a single essay, which might be easier to read and which you can find here.  On Friday, 13th November, 1987, my sister, Fran, and I were in the thick of end-of-year exams at the...