Let’s talk writing: 2016 Sydney Writers’ Festival

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So why go to a writers’ festival when you have to cope with crowds and the inevitable queues? As a recent letter in a local paper posited: why not just […]

My 70th move lies ahead

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Key among my bucketful of wishes after my second husband died was a wish not to travel, but rather to cease travelling, or at least to slow down the petty […]

Riveting reading

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Led by the trusted opinions of four or five of the Australian Book Review’s critics in their year-end round-up of best reads for 2015, how could I not pick up […]

Oman — simply spectacular

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They call it ‘eye of mountain’ – that special place in this desert country where a sparkling stream will  spring clear of its mother mountain. Scrawled above an aqueduct of […]

‘The Best Book I Ever Read?’

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‘What’s the best book you ever read?’ I’m in a bookshop surrounded by a Christmas crush of ardent buyers and I look around and then down to find a young […]

The sign that inspired the winning story

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Last month I wrote of the ‘couple of stories’ that had been ‘gifted’ to me – one inspired by a cardboard sign tacked to a tree not far from my […]

Writing Is a Conversation With Oneself

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‘Writing is a conversation with oneself. Don’t you think?’ The tall, distinguished-looking gentleman in front of me in the book-signing queue swung around to murmur this to me. He smiled […]

Flying the flag for transnational literature

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  O, my shoes are Japanese These trousers English, if you please On my head, red Russian hat – My heart’s Indian for all that. Hindi song: Mera Joota Hai Japani […]

The Power of a Dog

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RIP Brave Zorro – the Mexican Chihuahua who literally walked and talked his name, who challenged – and fought – dogs fifteen times his own size with the courage of a black-maned […]

Readers and Writers in Wonderland

Looking down on the piers of the Sydney Writers Festival 2015

‘What on earth’s a writers’ festival? And what’s Richard going to do while he’s there?’ When I’d mentioned we were going to Sydney for the Writers’ Festival, my friend was […]