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In my African Childhood

After watching the BBC documentary series on Africa, memories of my childhood swirled…

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Today, Rick shared a poem on Write Out Loud called ‘Old Time Religion’ and I was totally inspired.  His words took me straight back to growing up in what was then, Northern Rhodesia.

1960MumQuickiWebMum with Quinten Quinebelle III or Quicksie for short, in the early 1960’s.

In my African childhood.

We lived next door to a ‘church’,

could hear their fervent chest-beating,

shouting at all times of the day and night.

So could our prize-winning show-dog.

A Beagle barking continuously

can be annoying… but not enough

to warrant throwing an axe

hitting and chopping off her leg.

Her Agricultural show career ended

although she enjoyed the breeding…

We moved away to safer neighbours,

our dog limping through her dreams.


Frances Macaulay Forde © 2019

#POEM:InMyAfricanChildhood  #FrancesMacaulayForde  #WriteOutLoud  #Poetry  #Beagles  #Neighbours  #Church

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Having lived in Africa for 20 years, I’m sure I’ll enjoy this series. Thanks for sharing.

The Inquiring Mind

Twenty part series from BBC Africa, uploaded in 2020

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Arpi Alto Petrosyan sings…

I have discovered The Music Man who finds amazing talent and shares it. No, it’s not Julia Roberts’ daughter but I love her style and unique voice singing favourite songs.

#TheMusicMan #ArpiAltoPetrosyan #ArmenianSinger #ContraltoVoice #UniqueSounds #FavouriteSongs

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How clever are these? Oh, to have such talent, patience and application. I feel a couple of Ekphrastic poems coming on… watch this space.

#ArtIsTheSpark #JapaneseArtist #TatsuyaTanaka #MiniatureArt #Dioramas #EkphrasicPoetry

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OMG I can’t wait to see this one – the latest from Kenneth Branagh.

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Louise Allan chats to Zoe Deleuil about her debut novel:

Zoë Deleuil: The Accidental Novel

by Louise Allan | Aug 30, 2021 | WRITERS IN THE ATTIC | 1 comment

I’m excited to welcome Zoe Deleuil, to the attic this week. Zoë is from Perth, Western Australia, but now lives in Berlin with her family. I remember running into Zoe at the Perth Writers Festival a few years ago (in the women’s loos, of course!), and chatting at length about her book and finding it a home, so I’m thrilled that the The Night Village is now out in the world. READ THE FULL INTERVIEW


#WritersInTheAttic #LouiseAllan #ZoeDeleuil #FremantlePress #HungerfordAward #WritingInWA #WAWriters #WesternAustralia

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Seeing Red

Not my words – it’s Lynda Bullerwell Poetry but I love this one – it deserves a re-blog.

Seeing Red


You can sit in your easy chair
mocking tired old commercials
and checking lotto numbers
to see if you got lucky,

or you can be like the cardinal,
up at 5:00 am each morning,
tapping on my window,
(even on Saturdays)
just to make sure I’m awake,

then, leaving me
in a red cloud of dust
with a smile

and seeds
to grow a poem.


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The Screenwriters Bible

How Quentin Tarantino Has Influenced Cinema (Part 1) (creativescreenwriting.com)

CREATIVE SCREENWRITING magazine is a Screenwriters Bible. Here’s another great series and essential knowledge for anyone who writes for page, stage or screen.

How Quentin Tarantino Has Influenced Cinema (Part 1)


This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Quentin Tarantino

  • How Quentin Tarantino Has Influenced Cinema (Part 1)

In the mid-1980s, a video rental store in Manhattan Beach, California blended in with the traffic on North Sepulveda Blvd. It was called Video Archives, owned by film fanatics Lance Lawson and Rick Humbert. VHS and Betamax tapes lined the shelves, the aisles stacked with Westerns like Shane and The Searchers, classics from the Golden Era— Casablanca and Citizen Kane — horror slashers like Halloween and The Evil Dead, and more modern movies — Stand by Me and The Breakfast Club. Unpredictable at the time, they were running a breeding ground for Hollywood success stories. Frequent customers were Jeff Maguire, who would later pen the screenplay for Clint Eastwood’s In the Line of Fire, Josh Olson, who would write A History of Violence and Batman: Gotham Knight and John Langley, who would create COPS and revolutionize television. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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