Monthly Archives: June 2015

The Rise of Embalming

Originally posted on Longreads:
Ironically, it was this desire to be close to the dead that ultimately helped usher bodies out of the home. Embalming—which advanced as a science around the same time as the Civil War—allowed for the corpses…

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TALES FROM WESSEX

Thomas Hardy Image: Wikimedia Commons, public domain I am a great admirer of Thomas Hardy’s work. I have read all of his Wessex Tales novels. Far from the Madding Crowd secured his position as a great Victorian novelist but my favourite of … Continue reading

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WHERE I WRITE

A perfect day. I read recently, winter is the ideal season for writing. I couldn’t agree more. It’s cold and gloomy outside but in my office it’s cosy and quiet apart from the low rumble of the printer in the … Continue reading

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Tricks for Looking Smart in a Bookclub

Originally posted on Gold Coast Book Lovers:
We need all the excuses we can get! Via Washington Post Thanks to Alexa

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WHY ARE YOU ON THE ROAD?

Yesterday I attended a six-hour crime writing workshop at the New South Wales Writers Centre with Barry Maitland, a Scottish born, Australian author of crime fiction. Barry’s first crime novel was the Marx Sisters, published in 1994. Since then he has … Continue reading

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Julia Gillard, Helen Garner, Kate Grenville, Joan London, Jackie French and many more ….Byron Bay Writers Festival is thrilled to announce the first round of writers for the 2015 Festival!

Originally posted on BYRON BAY WRITERS' FESTIVAL BLOG:
Five immensely successful, talented Australian women have top-billing at the 2015 Byron Bay Writers Festival to be held from 7-9 August. Already the Festival is shaping up to deliver a diverse and eclectic…

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How to Keep Writing From Weighing Your Life Down

Thanks for this post, Drew. Good advice reminding me I have to get up from my writing desk and out of my comfort zone and go and do stuff. I admire Tara Moss, an Australian crime writer, who has done … Continue reading

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