Story magic

Sailing ship sails through the stars

Where would we be without magic? For me, it’s never far away, but over recent months it has been feeding into my life on the most unpredictable occasions in the […]

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 […]