Zing Stories

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Two recent essaysThe story of a successful campaign to protect the environment published by Griffith Review. https://griffithreview.atavist.com/keeping-a-town-beautiful

An interview with a fellow writer facing death published by Writing Queensland. http://www.writingqueensland.com.au/conversation-with-cory-taylor-on-dying/

Across my (confidential) desk

2016 began with mentoring a professional woman in Brisbane working on her first poetry collection. I take on only a small number of projects in order to give real individual attention. The mentor-client relationship is too important to rush.

Three main projects graced my desk in 2015. The first was a memoir of childhood on a dairy farm followed by work as a publican in an iconic Australian pub Out West. It was launched as part of the author's 80th birthday celebrations! She's justifiably proud. The second was the life story of a scientist from Ghana, designed as a gift for family and friends. The third was a novel, and on track for release before this author's 99th birthday. How cool is that?

Sydney Writers Festival, May 2016

Can't wait for this. Last year I attended a workshop on travel writing by British writer Lesley Chamberlain, being a travel tragic myself. Travelling usually inspires several writing projects, such as my short story set in Puri in India and published by Transnational Literature.  See Writing Samples. An essay about the divine Kerala backwaters was next. Still waiting for the appearance of work inspired by Tasmania when writer-in-residence, courtesy of the hospitable, arts-loving Launceston City Council.

Giving back

Was happy to volunteer some time to the Visionlink, previously Aid for the Blind Association in Brisbane, adding zing to some life stories for its website. 

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