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Writing and cultural appropriation

In a Facebook fiction writers group, a white man started a discussion on “cultural appropriation” (his quotes). In short, he claimed that it’s not real and writers should write whatever they want. In the comments, the mostly white folks agreed. Cultural appropriation in writing is a serious topic worthy of discussion. Unfortunately, that was not… Read More Writing and cultural appropriation

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Forgotten Australians

From the 1920s to the 1980s, an estimated 500,000 children experienced institutional care. These children are referred to today as Forgotten Australians. They are the inspiration for the novel I’m writing. About 7,000 of these children were child migrants from Britain, Ireland, and Malta. About 50,000 of them were Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. They… Read More Forgotten Australians

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Writing and writers

I’ve been writing as long as I can remember. When I was a little kid in primary school, I wrote a Halloween-themed short story. It was for a local something, maybe a competition. I don’t remember if I won, but I got a certificate with a werewolf on it. I still have it. It’s packed in… Read More Writing and writers

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Welcome to my new blog

Hello, dear readers, and welcome to my new blog. If you came here redirected from my previous blogs Stumble Down Under or Magickly, you’ll find much of that content here and more is coming. If you’re joining me for the first time, welcome! You might be wondering what on earth I’m doing now. Let me… Read More Welcome to my new blog

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On writing: 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 writing 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… Read More On writing: lessons from the Emerging Writers’ Festival 2016

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Blogging and life lessons with Gala Darling

Gala Darling is one of my favourite bloggers and I had the pleasure to attend her Radical Self Love Ritual event in Melbourne last night. It sounds esoteric and frou-frou, but Gala is just a person that knows that happiness is a process, not a destination, and getting what you want out of life requires dedication and… Read More Blogging and life lessons with Gala Darling