My Favourite Libraries

A friend shared a Facebook post by Architectural Digest inviting the reader to “Step Inside the World’s Coolest Library”. The futuristically designed library in Tianjin, China, aptly nicknamed The Eye, is cool, lined from floor to cathedral high ceilings with bookshelves that follow the curved contours of the building and, most importantly for the avid reader, are stocked full of books. Continue ReadingMy Favourite Libraries

We Need to Talk (microfiction)

To celebrate the introduction of 280-character Tweets by Twitter, Meanjin Quarterly ran a microfiction competition. The “@Meanjin Twiction” rules were simple, tweet a 280-character story and include the hashtag #meanjin280! The prize? The top ten stories to be published on the Meanjin Blog the following week and the authors paid $1 a word.  Continue ReadingWe Need to Talk (microfiction)

Their Finest by Lissa Evans

It was a warm, lazy afternoon at home last Sunday and I took advantage of it to sprawl on my sofa and finish reading Their Finest by Lissa Evans (originally published as Their Finest Hour and a Half). 

I started reading the book after seeing the film, also titled Their Finest, a British period comedy-drama about the making of a propaganda film and life on the home front under The Blitz during the Second World War.   Continue ReadingTheir Finest by Lissa Evans

Signed Stark by Ben Elton

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I recently attended a special screening of Three Summers, which had a Q&A session with the writer/director, Ben Elton. I have loved his work since seeing him on TV in England in the 1980s. And I love his writing, from his first novel, Stark (1989), through to his most recent, Time and Time Again (2014). So it was a great privilege to meet Ben in person after the Q&A and for him to sign my yellowed copy of Stark, 30 years after I first fell in love with his work!  Continue ReadingSigned Stark by Ben Elton

22 Pushup Challenge for PTSD

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The purpose of the 22 Pushup Challenge was to raise awareness of the effects Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PSTD, on returned servicemen and women. When I started the challenge I struggled to do 22 pushups and knew little about PTSD. Continue Reading22 Pushup Challenge for PTSD

Nevil Shute by Richard Thorn

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I commented on Facebook recently (5th September 2017) that with all the bleak news on North Korea and brinksmanship by Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, I thought I’d dust off and re-read my old second-hand bookshop copy of Nevil Shute’s On the Beach … to prepare for the worst, just in case! Continue ReadingNevil Shute by Richard Thorn

Days of Gentle Rejections

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In these days of instant gratification via the web, emails and social media, it’s hard to believe once upon a time wanna-be writers would type and print their manuscripts in double-line spacing, post them to publishers with a reply-paid, self-addressed-envelope, and then wait … and wait … and wait, for an offer to publish or, more often than not, a rejection letter. Continue ReadingDays of Gentle Rejections

What Books Are You Reading

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The Writer’s Circle asked on Facebook the other day, What book are you currently reading? I’m currently reading three books – along with a few others I’ll probably have to take to my grave to finish! Continue ReadingWhat Books Are You Reading