Tag: Australia

  • Invite the author to your book club!

    In a book club? I love talking to readers, and I’m happy to make a virtual appearance at any book club meeting. We can do this via Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, or whatever technology suits you. If you’re in Sydney, I may even be able to make an in-person visit. Contact me about booking a free […]

  • It’s Christmas, so let’s talk assassination

    I know, I know, it’s the week before Christmas. The carols are playing, the shops are bustling, and the tinsel is glittering (which makes me wonder if scientists are including tinsel in their call for a worldwide ban on glitter). But it was on 17 December 1980 that Australia’s first geopolitically motivated assassination took place […]

  • I am curious about your tattoos

    August 9 [journal excerpts] Noosa, QLD Shopkeeper referring to a whale-watching cruise: “The water out that way becomes chuck city.” The same shopkeeper: “The best way to leave Noosa with a million dollars is to come with ten.” August 10 The most Aussie sight: two teenage boys on the pavement, three surfboards between them. One rode […]

  • Secret highlights of an unknown rural gem

    Recently I spent a week on writing retreat in rural NSW, near a place called Clarence Town.  I’d never heard of Clarence Town before. It’s a few hours north of Sydney, and has a population of less than 1000 people. It’s inland, and you have to turn down several side roads to get to it. […]

  • You can write in trees

    Artist Katie Holten has created a living tree alphabet for New York, based on NYC trees. Each letter is its own tree: A for Ash, B for Birch, C for Crab Apple, etc. You can download the font free from nyctree.org! As they explain, ‘The New York City Tree Alphabet is an alphabetical planting palette’ and […]

  • Pose with my grave and skeleton

    Before visiting Melbourne in September, I read Sophie Cunningham’s Melbourne. It’s one of the City Series from NewSouth, ‘travel books where no-one leaves home’. I’ve spent several years working my way around Australia while reading my way through this series. Melbourne has been my favourite yet. There’s a moment in the book where Cunningham is learning letterpress at […]

  • Chateau Relaxo (and other houses I’ve known)

    Since I first began aimlessly wandering my neighbourhood (a side effect of being sick), I’ve collected nearly 150 house names. I’d passed most of these places many times before, and never paid attention to them. When I was healthy, I always had somewhere to be and something on my mind. Now my mind is desperate […]

  • My neighbourhood is a poem

    Lately I’ve been collecting the names of houses in my neighbourhood. Where I grew up, houses didn’t have names. They were just houses. Everything else had names, including apartment buildings, but not houses, and that didn’t seem strange. When I moved to Australia, I was surprised by how many houses had names, and announced those […]