January 13, 2017
November 15, 2016
My blog has been in hiatus while I completed a Doctorate of Creative Arts at the University of Technology Sydney. I’m re-blogging this story from Feathers of a Firebird (Sophie Masson) because Glenice Whitting shows how with persistence and determination you can reach your goals. It took a toll but Glenice says: “The mature aged student journey from VCE to PhD had required passion, dogged determination and guts, but it had also been the most exciting, exhilarating time in my life.” I’m full of admiration for Glenice.
I’m delighted to publish today a guest post by author Glenice Whitting. Her debut novel Pickle to Pie was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary awards and won the Ilura Press International Fiction Quest. During her studies from VCE to PhD she was invited to become a member of The Golden Key International Honour Society and awarded an APA scholarship. Her latest novel, ‘Something Missing’ will be published by MadeGlobal Publishing and launched at Swinburne University 11th December 2016.
A Writer’s Dream
by Glenice Whitting
Writers often dream of being published and getting their work ‘out there’. I am no exception and I am delighted that my second novel will be launched in December 2016 by MadeGlobal Publishing. ‘Something Missing’ began life as my artefact for my PhD at Swinburne University. It is the story of two women who changed each other’s life through a friendship that spanned two…
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March 4, 2016
Introducing Libby Sommer’s new Blog.
By Libby Sommer:
When people ask me where I get my ideas from, I tell them I use the world around me. Life is so abundant, if you can write down the actual details of the way things were and are, you hardly need anything else. Even if you relocate the French doors, fast-spinning overhead fan, small red Dell laptop, and low black kneeling chair from your office that you work in in Sydney into an Artist’s Atelier in the south of France at another time, the story will have truth and groundedness.
In Hermione Hoby’s interview with Elizabeth Strout in last Saturday’s Guardian newspaper the Pulitzer prize winner said her stories have always begun with a person, and her eyes and ears are forever open to these small but striking human moments, squirreling them away for future use. “Character, I’m just interested in character,” she said.
“You know, there’s…
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December 20, 2015
A truly memorable book about a memorable child who has a unique perspective and doesn’t understand why others can’t see things in the same way. The portrayal of Sammy’s imagination and determination despite difference, gives insight into how others might view our world. Sommer’s poetic prose brings a magical touch and, though it has poignant, moving, desperate moments, it’s a celebration of a relationship.
October 10, 2015
‘When I listen to Bach, I seem to turn into a fish’.
Bach (Pau) in Love
‘We forget because we want to live in hope for a better life. It’s this wretched hope that demands
that we forget the unforgettable’.
The Last Smile of Graf, Tolstoy
Subhash Jaireth’s latest collection of short stories explore the nature of love, loss and memory. Central to each story is the uneasiness the narrator feels about his or her place in the world. A critical moment in the life of each narrator illuminates these themes in remarkable ways.
The book was launched by Professor Jen Webb, Director, Centre for Creative and Cultural
Research, Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra at Thursday 8 October, 6 pm at The National Library Bookshop. Buy your copy from the National Library Bookshop
My thoughts on Moments
Reading these stories has given me great pleasure. One of the first aspect that struck me was the honesty and authority of the narrator. I found them enigmatic with fluctuations of mood as emotional pressures mount for the characters going about their daily lives. The attention to detail adds greatly to the reading pleasure. The stories are anything but predictable as they unfold and lead the reader to a moment of epiphany or discovery. Each of the characters is distinct and original. There is a certain sadness, sometimes melancholy to these stories. I enjoyed the way in which each story is set in a different part of the world. The stories strengths are the originality of the storylines, the musicality and rhythms of the poetic prose and the impact of the bitter-sweet endings to the stories that linger on in the reader’s mind.
The Quartz Hill
I found this story fascinating and highly original. It really captures the landscape in all its glory. This story is blue in a completely different sense and was thoroughly intriguing. I shall never look at a kapok in quite the same way again.
From the National Library “Moments” Page:
In the story “Walter Benjamin’s Pipe” the narrator wants to comprehend that critical moment when Walter Benjamin, the famous Jewish-German philosopher and literary critic, decided to end his life. In the story “Bach (Pau) in Love,” the famous Catalan cellist Pablo Casals imagines the situation which
would have inspired Bach to compose his six suites for cello. In the story “Anna and Fyodor in Basel,” Anna, Fyodor Dostoevsky’s wife waits for that moment when Holbein’s famous painting about the dead Christ makes its appearance in the novel The Idiot. In “The Quartz Hill,” a Cantonese photographer looks at the prints of Paddy Bedford’s paintings about the Bedford Downs massacre and decides to visit Halls Creek in search for her Gija grandmother’s roots.
Subhash Jaireth lives in Canberra. Between 1969 and 1978 he spent nine years in Moscow. He has published three books of poetry: Yashodhara: Six Seasons without You (2003), Unfinished Poems for Your Violin (1996) and Before the Bullet Hit Me (1994, in Hindi). His short story collection To Silence was published by Puncher & Wattmann in 2011 and his novel After Love was released in 2012.
September 17, 2015
June 9, 2015
The Australian Coalition to End Immigration Detention of Children (ACEIDC) is coordinating a National Day of Action on Monday June 15th 2015 across Australia, as part of #refugeeweek2015.
Add your voice. All children deserve to have their rights protected and promoted. Only by putting an END to immigration detention of children, can we ensure that the human rights of children fleeing persecution are upheld. Let’s #Freethechildren.
My priority is to get children out of detention. Whether it’s our Indigenous youth or the children of refugees they need help not more punishment. Whether you agree with stopping the boats or not, the children shouldn’t be punished — it’s as disgraceful as charging children with their own neglect in Australia. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse means there is no longer the pretence of ignorance — we know only too well what these children will suffer for the rest of their lives. Stop the Detention of Children.
In case you don’t know about the horrific treatment of children who have already experienced and seen more than any child should have, here is a Submission to clarify:
Free the Children National Day of Action
Abuse survivors speak up for kids in detention in Newcastle Herald Congratulations to Joanne McCarthy for expressing the problem so well in her article–and to the survivors who despite their own anguish choose to speak up on behalf of kids in detention. Graham Rundle: 44 A Tale of Survival
227 asylum seeker children remain locked away in Australia’s immigration detention centers. The profound, negative impacts of indefinite detention on the health and development of children is comprehensively documented, and unacceptable.
Through this social media campaign, we can demonstrate that Australians care about the lives of all children, and that children should be accommodated with their families where possible, in the community, while their immigration status is being resolved.
Australia already has existing, workable and humane alternatives to locking innocent children up – these should be expanded for all children rather than a select few.
Join us in calling on the Australian Government to cease the immigration detention of children, consistent with its obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Refugee Convention.
Add your voice. All children deserve to have their rights protected and promoted. Only by putting an END to immigration detention of children, can we ensure that the human rights of children fleeing persecution are upheld.
April 15, 2015
March 3, 2015
Really enjoyed this article in Southerly by Sunil Badami. It strikes so many chords!
by Sunil Badami
Who am I? Reading the excellent, eloquent, engaging entries on this blog before me by much better writers and performers, you’d be forgiven for asking the question. I’m always surprised when people recognise me and my work; the most common response when I admit I’m a writer is ‘have I read anything you’ve written?’—which, I suppose, is a question that answers itself, much like asking a bouncer turfing you out of a nightclub ‘do you know who I am??’
For years, I never actually said I was a writer; given how little I actually wrote in comparison to how much I talked about writing, that was fair enough. Still, when my first short story was published in Meanjin over ten years ago, I can’t tell you how thrilled I was.
Unfortunately, the fee didn’t quite match the thrill, and so, when, after giving my mother a copy…
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