Book Review – The Balfour Correspondent by James Dryburgh

The Balfour Correspondent is not a novel. It's a collection of letters sent by 14 year old Sylvia M'Arthur from Balfour, on Tasmania's West Coast, to the 'Young Folks' page of Launceston's 'Weekly Courier' in 1912, and interspersed with replies from James Dryburgh, writing from Hobart one hundred years later. 

Book Review – Just One Word, Just One Smile by Tony Caplice

  This is a bit different to my usual read. I don't usually read memoir, but I've heard Tony talk about his book a couple of times now, and he read a section of his book out at the Little Laneway Festival, in November last year, and I had to read more. The story is … Continue reading Book Review – Just One Word, Just One Smile by Tony Caplice

Book Review: The River Wife by Heather Rose

  This story has been on my 'To Read' list for such a long time, and I'm so glad I finally got to read it. It's a beautiful love story/folk tale of a River Wife - fish by night, human by day - her human father, and the human man she falls in love with. … Continue reading Book Review: The River Wife by Heather Rose

2018: What a Year!

2018 was immense! For someone who prefers to be a hermit and hide away at home this year has pushed me miles outside my comfort zone! I've home schooled my children through grades 4 and 6, and started sporadic lessons a lot earlier than planned for my 4 year old who is insistent that she … Continue reading 2018: What a Year!

The Tamar Valley Writers Festival

This is the follow up post from my post a month ago about Schools Day at the Tamar Valley Writers Festival. I have so much to write about this weekend, I almost don't know where to start! I attended seven sessions: Learning to Fly: Emerging Authors Garments of Time: the many Guises of History Numbers … Continue reading The Tamar Valley Writers Festival

Publication with a difference – at the Tasmanian Craft Fair

So last year, in that gap while I wasn't blogging, I was still writing, and submitting my writing, and being published, though not in the usual sense. Every year in November, the little town of Deloraine plays host to the world renowned (is it? I'm sure it must be!) Tasmanian Craft Fair. Deloraine I'm sure must be … Continue reading Publication with a difference – at the Tasmanian Craft Fair

A Novel’s Writing

    This is the third in the series my novel-writing journey. You can read the first two posts here: On Inspiration and here: On Research. As I writer, I am also a reader, and among the many many books I read, of course, are the books on writing, and of course there are many different methods of … Continue reading A Novel’s Writing

A Novel’s Research

Some time ago I published the first of what I intended to be a short series on the writing of my novel. That post was 'A Novel's Inspiration' and here, finally, is post #2 - a brief account of the research that went into this novel. First of all there were the bush walks - one of … Continue reading A Novel’s Research

Tamar Valley Writers Festival 2016

Last weekend was the Tamar Valley Writers Festival - two days (well, for me - there were other events on other days too), of non-stop panels and book-signings and networking! Those of you who've been following my blog for a while now, may remember that around this time two years ago I attended the Festival of … Continue reading Tamar Valley Writers Festival 2016

#AWW2016 Review – The World Beneath by Cate Kennedy

Late last year I attended the Tasmanian Readers and Writers Festival in Hobart, where I listened to Cate Kennedy and Kathryn Lomer in conversation, and discovered this book. The next day I also attended Cate's Masterclass, and I am so glad I did - what an amazing day - (you can read about it here). 🙂 … Continue reading #AWW2016 Review – The World Beneath by Cate Kennedy