The place for a village – some thoughts on Victoria’s early history

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Last week in the hiatus between my fevered consumption of fairy tale re-tellings and resuming serious manuscript edits, I started researching my next project. I say started, in reality, I have been reading about life in the early days of the Port Phillip District for years. Reading, without making notes or marking maps, leaving what…

A writer’s sick leave

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You know something is wrong by eleven o’clock Tuesday morning. You are tired….so tired. Why are you so tired? You are finding it difficult to concentrate. You plough on until lunch time, after which you fall into bed. You sleep. Deep. You wake to the inner toll of an alarm bell. You don’t usually sleep…

The film is never as good as the book

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Over the years, I’ve grown accustomed to seeing favourite books adapted for the screen. Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Call the Midwife, Sherlock Holmes, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Famous Five, Pollyanna, Little Women, Heidi, Black Beauty, the list goes on… As a life long book lover, I have to confess a screen adaptation…

A severe dose of real life…

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These last two weeks, you seem to have been struck by a severe dose of real life. Behind at work, stuff to do around the house, Doctors appointments with your mum, an emergency dash to the Apple store, catching up with friends, a visit from the Canberra Corbett’s, a family lunch, braving BodyStep class, cycling…

The wrap up

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Five weeks is a long time to be away from home but, truth be told, this holiday has been in the planning for years. It was the first time, I’d travelled to the UK with Andrew. The first time I’d shown him the country where I was born. The place, against all odds, I still…