All posts by Tangea Tansley

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Balancing fact and fiction

Reproduced with permission from the Australian Book Review, the following is my comment on Elisabeth Holdsworth’s essay “If This Is a Jew” printed in the journal’s November 2017 issue. How […]

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Writing synchronicity

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. Shakespeare.Hamlet (1.5.167-8)   What I grew up calling ‘coincidence’, but which I now prefer to […]

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If we had no story, what then?

I’ve often puzzled at the magic that happens with story that floats above and beyond mere words to produce a range of metaphysical properties with the power to form connections […]

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Reading the Gibb River Road

As we prepared to tackle some of the more challenging aspects of our Gibb River Road adventure, we received a piece of salutary advice from the attractive young manager at […]

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The write routine

bee-eaters brightwheel above this lucky country this uncertain world   The write routine. Blessed routine. And the greatest antidote I know to unremitting change. When once I said that I […]

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Writing mind games

How can I describe the last four months – no single adjective will do – my memory projects it back to me in slightly blurred frames like the transient sights […]

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Story magic

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 […]

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Let’s talk writing: 2016 Sydney Writers’ Festival

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 […]

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My 70th move lies ahead

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 […]

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Riveting reading

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 […]