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...
Burial Rites, by Hannah Kent

Burial Rites, by Hannah Kent

I’d read the rave reviews of this novel prior to buying it. I knew that it had won the inaugural Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award, that it had been sold in 18 different countries and that it had sparked a bidding war for the movie rights. I approached it...
When a Pet Dies …

When a Pet Dies …

We knew the time had come, yet it was still hard to make the decision to let her go. Ending the life of anything goes against the grain — death is final. That’s it. The end. No going back. So we kept putting it off, until we couldn’t avoid the...
Trusting My (Maternal) Instinct

Trusting My (Maternal) Instinct

I had a fairly run-of-the-mill first delivery — sixteen hour labour, overnight of course, episiotomy, forceps. Then I was rewarded with my baby, a purple bundle in my arms. Obviously we’d never met before, yet she was so familiar. And when I spoke, she...
An Unknown Sky, by Susan Midalia

An Unknown Sky, by Susan Midalia

In but a few words, some writers can create whole stories, rich characters, and stir emotion in their readers. Sue Midalia is one of them. This, however, is the problem that I have with short stories. You see, when I read I like to snuggle down in bed or curl up on a...