Dear Mr Premier

Dear Mr Premier

I sent the following letter to the Premier of Western Australia, Mr Colin Barnett, and WA's Minister for Culture and the Arts, Mr John Day, following the announcement last week that the WA Premier's Book Awards will be held biennially, instead...

Dr Bob Brown at the Perth Writers’ Festival

Dr Bob Brown at the Perth Writers’ Festival

Dr Bob Brown and I go back a long way—not that he knows that. Not that he even knows who I am. Growing up in Tasmania as I did, I've admired and respected Dr Brown—or Bob as he introduces himself—since the early '80s—as a man, as a politician, as a...

The Sun Sets on the Holidays

The Sun Sets on the Holidays

Tonight, the school holidays draw to a close. No more long days in our bathers. No more serene afternoons with a book. No more evening walks and swims under a reddening sky. It's back to the daily grind of uniforms and books, and lunches and bags, and music lessons...

Thank You and Happy Christmas

Thank You and Happy Christmas

Dear Reader, Thank you for joining me on this long-haul writing 'safari'—you've jumped aboard even without the promise of a destination, and I can't thank you enough. Each time you read my words, or 'Like', or comment, you encourage this...

Blog Post #100 and What I’m Doing This Week …

Blog Post #100 and What I’m Doing This Week …

I've just realised this is my 100th post:     One hundred posts in just under eighteen months—that's an average of 1.28 posts per week (rounded to two decimal places—see, the maths nerd is never far away), which is pleasing as I set out to...

Versatile Blogger Award and more …

Versatile Blogger Award and more …

My dear writing friend, Maureen Helen, has nominated me for a 'Versatile Blogger Award'. Thank you, Maureen, not just for the nomination but also for being a wonderful role model and friend.   Now, I'm meant to tell you Seven Things You...

Finally Made It …

Finally Made It …

I finally made it to Melbourne this weekend, just a little later than planned ... Friday started with a trip to the hairdresser for pre-flight coif and colour. Given the fact that this was the first time I'd coloured my hair, I was a little disappointed that...

Happy Birthday, Dear Blog

Happy Birthday, Dear Blog

The blog turned one-year-old this week, on March 25th to be exact. Just before its first birthday, the blog hit 20,000 views. Considering that it doesn't have a theme, I don't blog on a particular subject of expertise, and I don't have a product (yet), I was happy...

The Novel: An Update

The Novel: An Update

I haven’t been writing as much for the blog, nor stalking reading and commenting on other blogs. I’ve spent less time on Facebook (a good thing), replying to emails (not so good), and my poor family haven't seen much of me (definitely bad). I've appeared at...

Blogging the Personal

Blogging the Personal

After almost every blog post, I worry that I've revealed too much about myself or my family. It keeps me awake at night -- the fear that I've exposed too much, or made myself look stupid, or upset people I didn't mean to upset. I worry, too, for my kids -- that...

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 I've written,...

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 $20.00. We are also...

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 dead....

An open letter to Australians

An open letter to Australians

I was born in this country. I was well-nourished and clothed and when I was sick, I had access to good medical care. I was given a good education, able to go to University and I could work in the career of my choice. I am grateful for this: for the fact that I was...