Archive for October, 2017

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How I Learned to Stop Being a “Chill Girl” and Start Being Me

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So sad – but what a legacy!
And a fabulous tribute, as always.

The Immortal Jukebox

There are some sentences you know you will have to write one day.

Still you hope it wont be this year or next.

So, reluctantly and with regret, I write the following sentence.

Fats Domino, Rock ‘n’ Roll Forefather has died in his 90th year.

Thinking of all the immense pleasure his music has given me and millions of others I could not let such an event pass without a full salute from The Immortal Jukebox.

I also want to pay homage to the magnificent saxophonist Herb Hardesty who died just before Christmas last year.

That’s Herb you can hear soloing on, ‘Ain’t That A Shame’ and, ‘I’m Walking’ and that’s him too playing one of the most perfect parts in all Rock ‘n’ Roll on, ‘Blue Monday’.

I am also adding what may be my all time favourite Fats track – ‘Be My Guest’.

A record which beautifully illustrated…

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For my friend Natalie…

Screenwriting from Iowa

Need a jolt this today? Here’s Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder joining Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on The Waiting(and proving I’m still not over the death of Petty earlier this month).

Scott W. Smith

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And so it goes

So interesting… as always, Liz.

Liz Byrski

The first time I realised that my father had moved from the forgetfulness of ageing into something more sinister, was the day he opened a package from his oldest friend, and found something he’d never seen before.

‘Ron’s sent me a plastic thing,’ he told me, ‘with brown tape in it. Never seen anything like it before.’

He and Mum had just arrived for lunch, an extraordinary forty-five minutes late.

‘Your father got us lost,’ Mum explained. The lateness didn’t matter, but it was alarming as they lived only fifteen minutes drive away and Dad had driven back and forth many times.

‘Here,’ he said shoving a small package into my hands, ‘see if you can work this out.’

The package contained a cassette wrapped in a sheet of notepaper held in place with an elastic band. I unwrapped it and read the note. Ron had written that the arthritis…

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Goodbye Poets Corner

Judging by the responses, it was a sad day for many when I closed the doors on Poets Corner @ Pages Cafe all those years ago…


A poetic audience listening intently…

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11 Tips For Finding Your Writing Zone, Because You Can’t Wait Around For Inspiration To Strike  ~  As the great Dorothy Parker once said, “writing is the art of applying the ass to the seat.” If only it were so simple.  (By CHARLOTTE AHLIN)  READ THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE FROM BUSTLE

#Bustle   #CharlotteAhlin  #WritingTips   #FindingYourZone   #Ritual  #IdealTime  #WritingEnviro  #FindMusic  #OffGrid  #GetOutOfHouse  #Incentives  #WritingEnergy

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Hee- Hee – can’t wait to see! 🙂

Cinema Australia

A major national tour is underway this month for Ben Elton’s big-hearted ensemble comedy Three Summers, ahead of a hometown screening on Thursday October 26 at the Grand Cygnet Cinemas in Como.

This will kick off a week of Q&A screenings and appearances at Perth cinemas, including a special charity screening in Mandurah for the local Peel region where the film was shot last year.

Ben Elton will be appearing at five special events in Perth in the lead up to the film’s theatrical release on November 2 in cinemas everywhere.

‘‘It was a joy and a privilege to make Three Summers in WA, a state I have called home for many years, and I am greatly looking forward to sharing it with audiences at the many exciting events planned in Perth, Freo and Mandurah in the lead up to the release,” says Elton.

Fusing romance, music and Ben…

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Write by the Sea

While living in Co. Cork, I attended as many festivals as possible – you’re very lucky to have so many.

The Fluff Is Raging

Another weekend, another beautiful seaside village, another literary festival.


Following last week’s Bray Literary Festival, this weekend I made a flying visit to Kilmore Quay in Ireland’s Sunny Southeast* for the second annual Write by the Sea festival.

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The festival featured readings, interviews, workshops and music.


Sadly, I could only stay for one day, but luckily on that day I got to see my pal Cat Hogan (who lives locally) give a fantastic, insightful workshop on writing, editing and – crucially for all aspiring writers – publishing (plenty of insider tips about how to approach a publisher. Hint – they’re like skittish woodland creatures: if you don’t creep up on them, calling softly, they get startled and scatter into the undergrowth).

I also had the pleasure of listening to Peter Murphy read/recite/perform from an intriguing work in progress (in between funny anecdotes from his days as a music journo).

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