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My Pompous Things

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Little Dorrit, BBC, 2008 Like many people staying home and trying to fill in time, I’ve been binge-watching a few of my favourite programs, mostly BBC period dramas such as Bleak House, Wives and Daughter‘ and Little Dorrit. My kids call them ‘my pompous things’. It got me thinking about why I like these stories and care about their characters. How did writers like Dickens...

Poetry d’Amour

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I’m thrilled that my poem When They Say Love was recently included in this anthology available from WA Poets Inc. Due to a recurring case of imposter syndrome, my biography is the shortest in the book. Something to work on…

Spooktacular Stories: Thrilling Tales for Brave Kids

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I am delighted that my poem ‘The Monster in the Garage’ made it into this anthology for children available tomorrow. For every book sold, another is donated to a Children’s Ward in an Australian hospital. It’s great to be a part of this project. Congratulations to the other contributors.

Think like an artist: three ways to boost creative thinking

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Have you seen the movie Julie and Julia? What I love about it, aside from the performances of Meryl Streep, Amy Adams and Stanley Tucci, is how it focuses on the aspirations of two creative women looking for something meaningful and finding it even after several abortive attempts. Their something meaningful happened to do with food and cooking exciting dishes.  They even made poached eggs look...

Five ideas to re-inflate your writing habit

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Camp Nanowrimo is over and so, it seems, is my week-long writing ‘habit’. I’m not saying I haven’t written anything since Camp Nanowrimo. I’ve written a poem for children. I’ve written in my journal. But I haven’t stuck to the daily writing habit that allowed me to reach my Nanowrimo goals last year. It’s like the diet you go on when you lose the desired weight and then reward your achievement by...

Dad’s Night To Cook

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I’m thrilled that my poem Dad’s Night to Cook was published on Australian Children’s Poetry Website.  This is one of my favourite websites and well worth a visit if you’d like to read poems by Dianne Bates, Bill Condon, Jenny Erlanger, Kate O’Neil and many more.
Perhaps you’d like to contribute. Hope you have fun.