Archive for February, 2020

Japanese Tanka


Sketch by Frances Macaulay Forde © 2020


Sociable weaver
birds gather Kalahari
sticks, grass, cotton, to
construct home trees for hundreds.
Out-dated rest points built to
carry distance wires become
capsules recycled for
mobile families.

Frances Macaulay Forde © 2013
Note: JAPANESE TANKA  (57577755)

#POEM:Recycled  #FrancesMacaulayForde  #WeaverBirds  #KalahariDesert #TelegraphPoles

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The Silence Between One Person and the Next: Richard James Allen’s The Short Story of You and I (Tony Messenger)


Review by Tony Messenger
Edited by Robyn Cadwallader

In 2016, UWA Publishing launched their new poetry list in response to the reductions in poetry publishing nationally, and in the three years since the launch they have released thirty-four titles. Established names such as Bruce Dawe, Alan Loney and John Kinsella have been joined by newer voices such as Quinn Eades, Susan Fealy and Shey Marque.  Read More.



#RichardJamesAllen  #VerityLa  #TonyMessenger  #RobynCadwallader  #UWAPublishing  #UWAPoetry  #PoetryBook

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Sometimes when it rains it really pours. Really Pours. Drumming all night long. Slashing through the sky all day long. Falling, falling, on the school yards and the grave yards. Falling, falling on the lost and the lonely. Sometimes it really, really pours. Falling on the outcasts and the refugees. Falling relentlessly on Hank Williams […]

via John Fogerty (Creedence), Bruce Springsteen & Bob Seger : Who’ll Stop The Rain? — The Immortal Jukebox

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‘Social Media for Authors’

Social media for authors

So, there seems to be quite a few questions from authors around how to best utilize social media for book marketing. And there’s a lot to it – to provide some extra help on this front, I’ve expanded on my recent posts on Facebook and Twitter tips and put them into a downloadable PDF, if anyone needs.

Through my day job as content and social media marketing manager for leading social media news website Social Media Today, I’ve provided insights, training and consulting to a range of companies in order to help them formulate more effective social media marketing strategies, while I also regularly appear on ABC radio programs to outline the latest social media updates and shifts.

And while the presentation here is fairly basic (I’m no designer), the notes provided will put you on the right track to maximizing Facebook and Twitter for book promotion.

Feel free to share with anyone who needs:

Social Media for Authors  


#AdHutchinson  #SocialMediaForAuthors   #Writing  #PromotBooks

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Bushfire relief

Though the rains have hammered the Eastern States, it’s a huge relief  which comes with a warning.

Jock Tudgey on his property in the Liverpool Plains region of NSW on Friday

Photo Credit: The Guardian Report


I’m looking forward to the concert ‘Fire Fight Australia’  on Sunday night although I can’t attend in person I can donate and watch the live telecast thinking of all those who have been effected by the horrible bushfires.

I remember well how frightening it was to hear of the toll taken by one of our favourite haunts in Western Australia.

As commercial fudge producers we attended the colourful and effusive Toodyay Festival  celebrating the infamous jail escapee/larrikin Moondyne Joe, before the fire in March 2009 and after, until we retired.

On the 29th December 2009, Toodyay suffered the loss of 60 buildings – 38 of them homes,  started by a power pole which fell and ignited a horrendous fire, sweeping mercilessly through the beautiful hills and valleys of Toodyay

Allen Henshaw chronicled the before and after, in his video about the horrendous fires which pays particular attention to the amazing team of Fire Fighters who eventually stopped the voracious monster in it’s tracks.  

In May this year the regular Moondyne Festival will be held but also a Toodyay Bush Poetry Festival  held in October over three days.  The community does festivals well, so we will be making our way over to attend.  Perhaps I can even gather enough courage to read  my poem written in response and later published  or perhaps write some new…


black ash still lay
where fire had licked
with devil tongues
across the road-side gravel

perhaps a careless cigarette
city slicker thrown
on community fun day
to re-enact Moondyne Joe

quick fire prowled up
summer-dry gullies
stand of ridge trees
wind-break – not fire-breaker

no escape allowed
as bright yellow jackets
smother white foam
contain the bush fire danger

gumtree pale striped
old bark peeled back
green growth beauty
black trees juxtaposed

fresh life canopies
halt Dieback spores
spiked hair sprouts
thousand years and counting

Frances Macaulay Forde © 2009

#BushfireRelief  #AussieBushefires  #ToodyayFire2009   #POEM:Toodyay  #MoondyneFestival  #ToodyayBushPoetryFestival








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‘Tourist Trap’ by Tom

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#POEM:TouristTrap   #PoemByTom   #TOMPoet  #WriteOutLoud

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Writing for Children


I found this so useful: word counts for children’s books.  


#WritingForChildren  #WordCounts  #ChildrensBooks  #Writing

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Taika Waititi owes a lot of this awards season to his mother, Robin Cohen. She’s the one who first told him that he should think about adapting Christine Leunens’ novel “Caging Skies” for the big screen. That suggestion eventually turned out to be “Jojo Rabbit.” Adapted from “Caging Skies,“ the film was written and directed…

via Taika Waititi’s Mom Explains Why She Told Her Son to Make ‘Jojo Rabbit’ — Variety

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