Archive for March, 2018

The Greatest Show…

Hugh Jackman as PT Barnum in The Greatest Showman

Circus freak: why The Greatest Showman is still going on and on at the box office

From themed club nights in Newcastle to singalong viewings across the country, three months after its release, the critically derided Hugh Jackman musical is showing Titanic levels of staying power.  READ FULL ARTICLE   from The Guardian by 


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Yesterday was publication day for West Australian author Natasha Lester’s third novel; “The Paris Seamstress”.  Huge congratulations to Natasha but also on a wonderful 4 1/2 star review by DebbishDotCom.

I’m sure my sister-in-law Grace who adores anything Parisian and locally (as in Perth) produced – and good writing, will be intrigued after this review.

I can’t wait to read it myself!

Book review: The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester

Book review: The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester

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#BookReview  #NatashaLester  #DebbishDotCom  #TheParisSeamstress  #PerthDailyPhoto

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As always informative, full of Irishness and inspiring. Sorry I didn’t repost this last week.

The Immortal Jukebox

A Song by Ger Wolfe

A Poem written and read by Richard Murphy (1927 – 2018)

A Painting by Paul Kelly

Today a farewell homage to one of Ireland’s most treasured Poets – Richard Murphy and what I am sure for many of you will be an introduction to a singer/songwriter particularly close to my own heart, Ger Wolfe, whose stature as an artist has not yet been properly reflected in popular awareness.

The painting today is by a contemporary Irish Artist, Paul Kelly, whose landscapes of County Dublin cast a spell.

You can explore his work further at http://www.paulkellyart.ie

Ger Wolfe in ‘The Curra Road’ has written a song that beautifully captures the sense of being at home and at peace in the physical, emotional and spiritual landscape of Home.

The hallowed Home we always want to carry within us as we walk down other roads on our pilgrimage through Life..

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“Kiss & Tell…”

Another re-blog about Rachael Johns – and yes, I am a BIG fan!

Kiss and Tell | Meet Rachael Johns

In Guest ArticlesInterview by Louisa WestLeave a Comment

West Australian author, Rachael Johns, has carved her mark in the romance writing industry, publishing her first book in 2011, and subsequently writing 22 books in the rural romance, category romance, and women’s fiction genres.  READ FULL BLOG POST


#RachaelJohns  #TheGreatestGift  #LouiseWestBlog  #WriterInterview  #ShortSweetQ&A  #WAWriter  #LocalWriter

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“Nessie again?”

This article about a Nessie washing up on a USA beach, reminded me of a poem I wrote to this photograph taken by my sister-in-law for her blog PerthDailyPhoto.com … quite a few years ago now:

This famous photo of the Loch Ness monster, near Inverness, Scotland in 1934 was revealed to be a hoax.


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The Surgeon’s Photo

Like a summer’s day Nessie in her deepest loch

with itinerant Hugh Gray’s camera watching on shore,

she bows her head to honour the sparkling blue

and dances in the sunlight between the stars.


She is a he whose strong arms plunge out to sea

powering over and above possible danger beneath,

relentlessly pulling liquid waves to his chest –

a celebration of strength, youth and fearlessness.


Frances Macaulay Forde © 2013


#FrancesMacaulayForde  #Poetry  #TheSurgeonsPhoto  #PhotoInspiredPoem  #LochNessMonster  #Nessie

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Excellent advice from Natasha Lester:

Pre-order Now!


#NatashaLester  #TheParisSeamstress  #HistoricalNovel  #ContemporaryNovel  #DuelTimeScales  #DuelNarrative  #WAWriter  #LocalWriter

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“The Sisters’ Song” is a wonderful read – couldn’t put it down. Congratulations again, Louise.

Lauren Keegan (Writer)

How I got an agent

Welcome to my new monthly blog series. This year I’m all about getting a literary agent, so I’ve been doing plenty of research and preparations for the pitches I will do later in the year. The ‘How I Got An Agent’ blog series is really just an excuse to get some insider information from authors who have successfully pitched to an agent and had their book published!

I’m thrilled to have Western Australian author Louise Allan to kick off the series. Her debut novel, The Sister’s Song was released in January 2018 and has gone gangbusters! She’s also a very generous and kind person who offers a lot of encouragement and support to aspiring and emerging writers. I posed a few questions to Louise and she has taken the time to answer with detailed, informative and honest answers that i’m sure every writer will appreciate.

Q. Firstly, congratulations on…

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