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Flying high and writing

It’s happening again…I’m starting to fly. No wings required. This is just brain chemistry.

After dragging myself from the iPad and crawling into bed late last night, I had complex dreams. 430 more words


olive bowers

Luke Kennedy – and we must be kind for he strives hard for the Corporation – is having to wear an embarrassingly PUBLIC criticism of Tracks. 295 more words


The interviewer and the subject: a discussion with Helen Garner

Sonya Voumard

Author’s note: this excerpt is from a long interview with Helen Garner, which was originally published in Meanjin.

In May, 1980, as an eighteen year old journalism student, I interviewed Helen Garner for a university assignment on political biography. 2,407 more words


The Spare Room

The Spare Room by Helen Garner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I first started reading The Spare Room I couldn’t really understand the character Helen’s anger with her friend Nicola’s decision to pursue a course of alternative therapy for her cancer. 430 more words


The Spare Room by Helen Garner

I think I developed a little intellectual crush on Helen Garner after reading this book. It’s fairly small, but what it lacks in size it makes up in impact (at 5 foot, I have found my literary equivalent). 366 more words


Can you actually teach someone to write or is it a question of talent?

Is creative writing a natural talent or can it be taught? Other artistic endeavours, such as painting, dance and film-making are all available at universities or colleges of further education resulting in qualifications like bachelor of fine arts or bachelor of visual arts. 285 more words