Lessons from the Emerging Writers’ Festival 2016

The Emerging Writers’ Festival is a not-for-profit organisation aimed at supporting emerging writers. I attended this year’s 10-day festival for the first time. I didn’t go to every event, but here are some lessons I took away from the ones I went to. Industry Insiders: Pitch Perfect With: Jacinda Woodhead (Overland Journal), Cate Blake (Penguin/Random House), Jo Walker (Frankie), Cassidy Knowlton (Crikey) Pitch Perfect brought together four publishers and editors to give us a behind the…

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I read The Happiness Project so you don’t have to

Ok, that’s not why I read The Happiness Project. I saw it at my local second-hand shop one day for a dollar and it piqued my curiosity. It seemed like one of those frou-frou, feelgood, self-help books, but it wasn’t that bad. I actually liked it and found it insightful. Would I pay $14 for this little, mass-market paperback (books are expensive in Australia)? Hmmm, probably not. Would you? If not, worry not! I read it…

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Glamping with Martinis & Marshmallows

Since I’ve been in Australia, I’ve been told a few times that my idea of camping isn’t “real camping”. By camping, I mean a nice tent, good bedding, hot food, and, hopefully, toilets and maybe even showers. I remember with great fondness the festivals I attended with friends back in Florida where we cooked full meals and dined together under a canopy before gathering around a fire with wine and mead to talk late into the night…

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Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

When Lena Dunham announced, in the role of her alter ego Hannah Horvath on the HBO series Girls, to her parents that she may be the voice of her generation – or a voice of a generation – I couldn’t help but laugh. Hannah is basically a slacker who thinks she’s lived enough life to write a memoir at the tender age of twenty-something and arrogant enough to believe someone will want to read it.  Yet the show she’s in…

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Metropolis Bookshop

A long time ago, my sister-out-law took me to this incredible bookshop. At the time, I didn’t know Melbourne and the location of this store did not register in my relocated brain. We walked there, stepped into the building, walked up three flights of stairs, browsed for an hour, paid for our purchases, walked out,  down the stairs, out of the building, and I had no idea where this bookshop was, no idea where I was. I only barely remembered the…

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Australian Culture and the Workplace

I visit my local library two or three times a month. Browsing, I came across this little book and I had to share it. G’day Boss!: Australian Culture and the Workplace, by Barbara A. West and Frances T. Murphy, is a study into the diverse cultural environments of Australian workplaces. It is specifically aimed at migrants seeking to understand, adapt, and succeed in the Australian workplace. Discussions about culture require a degree of generalising, which…

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Left Behind

Today’s prompt in the Expat Blog Challenge is “something I left behind”. The list is endless. I left behind my country, my city, my family, my friends, my spiritual community, my cultural community, my cat, my bed and other furniture, my mementos (e.g. high school yearbooks, college scrapbooks, photo albums), clothes, accessories, many books, various knick-knacks. Funny enough the “something” I’m prompted to write about today is a book: The Riverside Shakespeare. I majored in…

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5 Great Books for Your Long Flight to Australia

Getting to Australia takes about 24 hours including getting to and from the airport, going through security and customs, air time, layovers, and so forth. It’s a long time and sometimes airport and in-flight entertainment isn’t very entertaining. I love to read and my Kindle must come with me. Here are some of my favourite reads for a long journey. These books can be read in 8-12 hours, which means you can finish one and…

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