Author Archive for: ‘admin-abbw’

‘So much to think about’: Norwegian poetry of place and contemplation

I’m exploring the glistening fjords and cloud-kissed mountains of Norway this week. To immerse myself in this breathtaking place, I’ve gathered some Norwegian poetry to help me contemplate its landscape and cultural complexion. I hope you enjoy it too! 1. ‘Everyday’ (Drops in the East Wind, 1966) by Olav H. Hauge But it’s possible to

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Literature from the land of the leek and the lyre

I’m walking in Wales this week so I’ve put together a literary tasting plate from the land of the leek and the lyre. I hope these morsels give you the flavour of what’s been written by some of this windswept country’s more lyrical inhabitants. 1. ‘Evans’ by R. S. Thomas It was not the dark

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‘Work hard and be patient’ McCann urges fledgling writers of any age

I’m a sucker for ‘How to write’ books so, when I heard that Colum McCann (Let the Great World Spin, Transatlantic and Thirteen Ways of Looking) had penned one, I was itching to read it. Letters to a Young Writer didn’t disappoint. It’s concise, candid and kind of beautiful. It’s also encouraging—and isn’t this exactly what

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Read my prize-winning story free on TABLO

For the next few weeks you can read my prize-winning story ‘We’re All Travellers Here’ for FREE on TABLO. You’ll need to join TABLO to read and leave comments—but it’s pretty simple (I managed it so it must be). TABLO is an online publishing site. Spineless Wonders Short Australian Stories, who published my story (and runs

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Kefala’s ‘Fragments’: Sparse, beautiful and spacious

I read Fragments cover-to-cover soon after it was published last September. Not a week has gone by since that I haven’t dipped into it and enjoyed its elegance. Kefala’s first collection in 20 years contains alabaster-smooth poetry—sparsely beautiful. The work also feels spacious—leaving the reader room to breathe and stretch a bit. Such accessibility and

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Six of the best poems I’ve read in 2017 (so far)

Here’s a glimpse of some poetry I’ve enjoyed reading in the first six months of 2017. Love, loss, looking, betrayal, Trump, mould … a few lines of each to whet your appetite. I’ll post Part 2 with six more in December, so stay tuned. January … ‘Jealousy’ by Ross Gillett Tell me about that rogue

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Kim Kelly’ s decade-long story road entwines history, politics and love

It is 10 years since the publication of Black Diamonds, Australian author Kim Kelly’s first novel. To celebrate this milestone, Black Diamonds has been beautifully repackaged, and was relaunched on July 1, 2017, along with all her earlier novels—This Red Earth, The Blue Mile and Paper Daisies (pictured). In this guest post, Kelly describes her passion for historical fiction and why it’s so important to write

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The books that fuel Angela Lober’s botanic art

Glebe-based botanical artist and teacher Angela Lober reads for relaxation and to fuel her artistic endeavours. In May 2017, her work featured in Botanica, an exhibition of botanical art held in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens. Her striking portrait of a Gymea lily (Doryanthes excelsa, pictured), with its unusual black background, was a highlight of the

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Jane Austen offers wise advice for modern life

Looking for love, happiness, success, comfort and friendship?—then Jane Austen’s Tips for Success has you covered. Colleen Sattler has gathered in one volume a raft of wonderful quotes about life from Austen’s 19th century novels. The tips are timeless, she says in this Q&A, and showcase Austen’s sharp wit and reassuring wisdom. The quotes drip from

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