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

August blog

  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 […]

‘Ever-present change’

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It’s mid-morning in suburban Perth on April 1, 2015.  Two labourers mirror each other as they stand alongside a half-dug ditch at the end of a driveway with their heads […]

Book feasts

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Kung Hei Fat Choy to all my Hong Kong friends and may the Year of the Goat be good to you. From a personal perspective, the Year of the Horse […]

Books That Beat the Odds

Canning River on a steamy summer day

While my last blog Write Through Rejection didn’t score any public comments, my thanks to the readers and authors who contacted me privately. We’re all short of time and I […]

Write through rejection

Burying the bogeyman and following your dreams

I was chatting with a young girl – a complete stranger standing next in line in a supermarket queue – who confessed that what was stopping her writing was fear […]

A Christmas Story — The Real Tree’s Gift

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 With many thanks to you all for your comments and support on this site. My warmest wishes for a lovely Christmas season — and a happy and successful year ahead. […]