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Remember Me When I Am Gone Away

Dear Jean, I do understand.
A couple of years ago, we were selling our fudge at a festival in Mindarie Keys. Standing with the crystal water behind us, a fresh sea breeze cooling the heat, this face materialised in front of me. My legs buckled and I thought I would fall. I must have smiled and offered her a sample to try, but don’t remember. All I know is, it seemed my dear mother was standing there, smiling that special smile. It wasn’t, but they say we all have a doppelganger and this was my mum’s. I served her in a dream – she bought the Scottish Tablet and wandered off.
Although we were four people deep waiting to be served, I left my husband to deal with them all and chased after the lady, still not entirely sure she was real.
She sat down on a bench near a visiting chef’s tent and was about to sample her son (the chef’s) seafood. As I explained, her sweet face softened and the threatening tears filled my eyes. My mother’s voice seemed to say I shouldn’t be embarrassed and held my hand while I mentally listed so many uncanny similarities.
I could have sat there for hours… but Hubby was sending worried looks across, between customers. We exchanged cards so I could email when I got home – keep in touch.
I didn’t want to say goodbye but the hug was genuine and healing for me.
When I lost Mum I was living down south and never got to say goodbye.
Finally, I felt as if I did.

SOCIAL BRIDGE ~ Jean Tubridy connecting with you from Ireland

Remember me when I am gone away

Gone far away into the silent land;

(Christina Rossetti)

There are many milestones associated with losing elderly parents and the last few days have brought one to the fore for me. It involves the death of a woman who knew my parents for a lot longer than I did.

She knew my father from when he first came to Waterford in 1943. She was a few years younger than him but they shared a great love of sport and he got to know her parents, sibs, boyfriends, her eventual husband and kids. He often spoke of how, by chance, he happened to be with her the night her mother died and how ‘being a shoulder to cry on’ had been very significant in sealing  their friendship for life.

This woman was really warm and friendly and was very welcoming to my mother when…

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I’m also a HUGE Wim Wenders fan from way back!

The Fluff Is Raging

Okay, now this could be good.


Not because of James Franco, who often chooses lazy projects and sleepwalks through a lot of roles, but who can be impressive when he wants to be.

Not because of Calvary‘s Marie-Josée Croze.

Not because of Rachel McAdams, who along with Colin Farrell managed to avoid the critical panning of True Detective.

Not even because of Charlotte Gainsbourg, who’s become one of the most fearless of screen actors.



The trailer looks promising, and the story is intriguing:

While driving aimlessly after a quarrel with his girlfriend, a writer accidentally runs over and kills a child. The accident and its aftermath deeply traumatizes him. Over the next 12 years, he struggles to make sense of what happened and continue on with life, but when he looks in the mirror, he sees a murderer.

But the real reason why…

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New Book: The Shark Caller

Well done, Diana.



On a day when various media report the findings of Matt Waller that sharks really like ACDC , it seems timely to announce my own good news, that my YA manuscript The Shark Caller has been accepted for publication with Random House in 2016!

The idea for this story began many years ago (Dec 2001), during a family holiday on a dive resort island near Kavieng in Papua New Guinea. My sister, Karen and her partner, Owen worked in PNG and were friends with the owners. I’d been to other PNG islands and The Marovo Lagoon (Solomon Islands) with them. Karen and Owen introduced me to the joy of diving on stunning reefs and WW2 shipwrecks. I loved watching ocean creatures and I also became interested in Pacific Island culture…

The actual Shark Caller story began a few years after that trip, but the draft  went into the ‘revise one day’ drawer. That day didn’t arrive until 2012…

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2015 Winners

Congratulations, to all involved.

West Australian Young Readers' Book Award

Congratulations are extended to all
the 2015 winners!

Older Readers

The Maze Runner by James Dasher The Maze Runner by James Dasher

Younger Readers

The 52 -Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths The 52 -Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths

Picture Book

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers


Hoffman Award

The Last Viking Returns by Norman Jorgensen & James Foley The Last Viking Returns by Norman Jorgensen & James Foley

Thank you to all the students who voted and all the Library staff who make this Children’s Choice Award possible.

from The Western Australian Young Readers’ Book Award Committee

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It takes all my strength to pull this life to me,

To claw and tear my way from one day to another

Not counting, just tearing one more here in the glow

of the sun suffocated by rays of light and warmth

holding tight to ties that bind. I want to keep

these precious feelings and bask in your love forever.


Frances Macaulay Forde © 2009

Written to the artwork of Jessica McCallum entitled ‘Keep’ and exhibited in 2009 during the ‘JM Exhibition’, His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth, Western Australia.


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Paris shooting map.jpg

Numero Uno


Do you think

those who

always insist

on entering first,


ever open doors

for others,

offer help when

it isn’t needed


or look back ~

except to bask

in their own



Frances Macaulay Forde © 2002


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Last year's Tropfest in Centennial Park.

Tropfest cancelled after huge hole in funding…  Perth’s Film & TV Institute in the State Cultural Centre will show local films made for this year’s cancelled event.

Creative Haven Fantasy Designs Coloring Book

If you’re into elves and fantasy:  Creative Haven Fantasy Designs Coloring Book by a local artist, Aaron Pocock.

And I just loved this, Colin Farrell reading William Butler Yeats.


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Highly specialized stores like Berl’s are proliferating in Dumbo, which lies beneath and between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges.

The Curious Persistence of Poetry Shops.

Tips for writers

Ten Rules for Writing Fiction.

Hague letters

Undelivered letters shed light on 17th century society.


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