A meandering exploration of the inner world, ideally undertaken while reclining on a velvet couch, has fallen from favour in recent years, replaced by quick fixes such as cognitive behavioural therapy. But, as Professor Gillian Straker and Doctor Jacqui Winship argue in their co-authored book, The Talking Cure, more intensive forms of psychotherapy remain valuable.… Continue reading Book review: The Talking Cure
Birds of prey are the Australian version of lions and tigers and bears. Also known as raptors, they sit at the top of the food chain and act as caretakers for the environment, cleaning up carrion and keeping rabbits, feral cats and foxes under control. Decisively the strong but silent type, you rarely see them… Continue reading Eagles Heritage Sanctuary in Margaret River
It came as quite a shock to me that there are writers who dedicate a set amount of time every single week to writing applications for grants, residencies and funding. And I can see why – who doesn't want time and space and money to write? – so I was really happy to find out… Continue reading Australia Council grants for the unseasoned professional
When writing prose, it's easy to get stuck on the mechanics of the story – who is speaking? Was the baby asleep in the last scene? Could it really be dusk already? .... and the writing itself can sometimes feel secondary, just a means of getting your characters from A to B. So turning up… Continue reading Writing workshop: using place names in your writing
While ordinary writers paddle between the flags at the beach, a poet will free dive the Titanic. They go there. And yet, the word poet just sounds so genteel and lovely.
Starting a new blog has been on my to-do list for a while. A social media presence is helpful for writers, and as I am currently revising my novel in the hope of having it accepted for publication I need to start now. However, in October 2018 I moved with my family to Berlin, my… Continue reading To do list item 245: start blog