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Please support…

As a writer and establishing member of various community groups, I’ve been involved in the WA Writing community for nearly 30 years.

Our community is vibrant and developing constantly, in need of on-going support, particularly in the form of grants.

Reinstating funding to the vital WA Premier’s Book Awards, WritingWA and its affiliated groups, will ensure we continue to inspire and encourage more to share their words.

Please long into and sign the petition, because Writing Matters!

 

#WritingMatters  #WritingWA  #SupportWriting  #Arts&Writing

 

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Brown girls who shout

Have to agree with Louise – these words apply to all women.

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Whereas we write and speak as members of a small minority of marginal voices, our journalistic and academic critics belong to a wealthy system of interlocking informational and academic resources with newspapers, television networks, journals of opinion, and institutes at its disposal. Most of them have now taken up a strident chorus of rightward-tending damnation, in which they separate what is non-white, non-Western, and non-Judeo-Christian from the acceptable and designated Western ethos, then herd it all together under various demeaning rubrics such as terrorist, marginal, second-rate, or unimportant. To attack what is contained in these categories is to defend the Western spirit.

Since Edward Said wrote these words in 1993, I can’t say much has changed. Recent events in Australia, as well as globally, in the past few weeks, have sent me scurrying to my boxes of books and tearing them open with the distress of one who usually retreats…

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Congratulations, Julia.

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Last night Before You Forget was launched at The Literature Centre by Laurie Apps, President of the Fremantle Tennis Club and all round fabulous human being. The following are the notes for my speech, from which I deviated from time to time. It followed the first screening of the emotional and beautifully shot Before You Forget video, directed by Kori Reay-Mackey, to be posted in the near future. Thanks to all who came: we had 150 people sitting, standing, celebrating. It was quite a night!

Acknowledgements

Thank you to Lesley, Mailee and the Literature Centre team for hosting this event, and for being such supporters of those of us who create literature for young people. This place is our home and our refuge.

(Ad libbed thanks to Laurie Apps, director Kori Reay-Mackey, video donors, and Penguin Random House)

  • Alan Genoni was a brilliant English teacher at Kelmscott High School, encouraging…

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A beautiful explanation of the library’s necessity but also how we writers are inspired… thanks, Amanda.

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Here is the last of the 2016 speeches I’m posting here, this one given on the occasion of the Battye Library of Western Australian History’s 60th anniversary…

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The staff at the Battye Library saw a lot of me in the first half of 2016. I am writing a work of narrative non-fiction about the artist Kathleen O’Connor, and I spent about four months of this year here, in the reading room, working through collected papers.

One day someone asked me about what I was doing and seemed surprised that I do all my own research. While it’s true that somewhere in the world there do exist those rare and endangered writers who can afford to commission others to put in the hours, I’m not one of them. But what’s more important: even if I were, I would still have been practically living in the reading room this year.

I can’t…

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‘Going in Style’

Well, after watching a preview of the film ‘Hidden Figures’ as our Valentine’s Day treat to each other, huge congratulations go to Theodore Melfi for doing such a wonderful job of writing and directing.

As CJ Johnson from Film Mafia said: Theodore Melfi directs unobtrusively, letting the story and performers shine, but admirably restrains from underlining, and thus undermining, the story’s Big Moments.”

Now I HAVE to watch out for ‘Going In Style’, also written by Theodore Melfi and starring lots of big names.

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And I admit -the premise appeals:  “Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, three lifelong pals risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.”

#HiddenFigures  #GoingInStyle    #TheodoreMelfi  #FilmMafia  #CJJohnson

 

 

 

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This debut book set in Australia post-WWII, by an Australian Author, is on my wish-list: author interview by Booktopia.

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#AustralianWriting  #BushStories  #JoyRhoades  #TheWoolgrower’sCompanion

#NewFromPenguin

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Hidden Figures

Wonderful – we’re going to see a preview screening this morning and I can’t wait!

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You’d need to have a cold stone heart – or, I suppose, prejudicially racialist views – to dislike Hidden Figures, the true story of black women working as “computers” at NASA in the 1960s. It’s a wonderful, rather incredible story, full of triumphant moments and performed by a perfect cast.

Yes, these highly talented mathematicians were called “computers” – before we called machines computers – because they made computations, in the same way accountants account and actors act. Not all of the details of the story are this revealingly accurate – the white characters, for example, are all composites of real people – but the astounding and goosebump-inducing achievements made by the three central characters are all historically cOrr ect and profoundly inspiring.

Empire’s Taraji P. Henson plays the central character, Katherine G. Johnson, a bona-fide math prodigy-genius who rose to essential prominence during the “space…

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