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“Writers should always hang out with non-writers; it encourages a different, equally important sort of creativity.” I certainly agree, Niall.

The Fluff Is Raging

Writers should always hang out with non-writers; it encourages a different, equally important sort of creativity.

More importantly, it ensures that conversation is not too writery. There’s nothing wrong with writery conversations, but most writery conversations start off with spirited discussions about character and plot and language and soon dissolve into grumbling about book deals gone awry and useless agents.

The annual John Hewitt International Summer School in Armagh offers a unique opportunity for writers; the opportunity to mingle with painters, musicians, poets, actors, potters, sculptors, and academics.

It’s an arts festival. It’s a music festival. It’s a literary festival. It’s a festival of ideas.


And it’s busy. It’s a hectic week of workshops, readings, lectures, discussions, music, and theatre.

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And scones. There are an awful lot of scones, served at several intervals each day by the massively hardworking and relentlessly upbeat staff at The Marketplace Theatre. Sometimes there’s shortbread.

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Thanks Anastasia & Booktopia – always loved the gentle books & characters.  Nice tribute. Sin-título-110

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I (would, if I wasn’t so old) aspire to be Liane Moriarty; have her humility, commitment and focus – not to mention TALENT!

How Sydney author Liane Moriarty sold six million books and inspired an HBO series:

Australian author Liane Moriarty.


Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon swoop on Aussie author Liane Moriarty:

Hollywood calling ... Author Liane Moriarty's star is rising dramatically.

Big Little Lies: Author Liane Moriarty talks about adapting her novel for HBO:

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“Book shops are attracting more and more customers by offering cafes and running events.”


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Local writer/director Ben Young, has hit the heights with his debut feature nurtured by PAC Screen Workshops and our Perth film community.  Can’t wait to wallow in memories of 1980’s Perth and the glorious America’s Cup days again. Well done, Ben Young & Team!

Writer’s debut film to screen in Venicehttps://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/wa/a/32168684/writer-s-debut-film-to-screen-in-venice/#page1


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Flying High in Co.Waterford

My only experience of hurling was near Carroll’s Cross, when I saw a team practising in a field.

Left Field

Lined up like the Waterford cows,
metal bodies glitter in an Irish field.

Black rubber circles squelching
acres of reconstituted bovine cud.

A Friesian audience has gathered
to ruminate on two-legged animals

with red and white coats, running
and Hurling a stone to each other,

between showers, near Carroll’s Cross.

Frances Macaulay Forde © 2003
Long-listed in the Plough Prize 2007 Short Poems .

SOCIAL BRIDGE ~ Jean Tubridy connecting with you from Ireland

I don’t expect this post to mean much to many people ~ unless, of course, they are Waterford (Deise) people with a passion for hurling.

Hurling is a Gaelic game that’s arguably the fastest, most skilful game in the whole wide world. It’s played with a hurl made from ash and a small leather ball called a sliotar. There’s fifteen on each team and the games last for 70 minutes and are not for the faint-hearted either on or off the pitch.

The highlight of the hurling year is the All-Ireland Championship which is in full swing at the moment. Today, we had two quarter-finals: Waterford v Wexford and Galway v Clare.

Waterford were victorious and will take on the might of Co. Kilkenny in two weeks time. Kilkenny are recognised as the kings of hurling in Ireland but we live in hope that we will find a way to weave ourselves…

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Thinking about soft cheeks…

Perth Words... exploring possibilities.

MumQuickStep Mum 1960’s

My sister-in-law has inspired me by following the theme of  ‘Ageing’  today.

Like her, I love old photos and treasure the few I have of my parents and family.

So I’m sharing this one of my mum with our dog “Quenten Quinebell Quickstep III” taken in Northern Rhodesia in the 60’s – who I naturally, miss every day I’ve been without her.

If I could, I’d plant a kiss on her soft cheek and tell her I love her again;  then I’d call her great-grand children, who’d come running in to say ‘Hi Nanna’ with their infectious excitement, just like they do with me.

I know she’d love her sweet daughter-in-law Saowanee and be so proud of her tall, handsome grandson James and his gorgeous family.

She’d immediately see both of us in my beautiful daughter Jess and love to hear all about her artistry and dreams now she’s old enough to chat.

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The Sound of Music children’s cast revealed for Crown Perth production

So proud my niece Taison Carlino will play Gretl. (Above front/right.)


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Blending Moments


SOCIAL BRIDGE ~ Jean Tubridy connecting with you from Ireland

Each year the coming of the Astilbes in Mount Congreve fills me with wonder ~ a wonder that causes me to soak into the softest, most unassuming colours and textures in sheltered places.

Astilibes Soothing Waves

Astilbes1 Opera Audience

Astilbes3 Decorative Dance

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