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Love Your Bookshop Day

Love Your Bookshop Day

By on Aug 15, 2017 in Interviews | 0 comments

On August 8th I visited Torquay Books on the Surf Coast for ‘Love your Bookshop Day’ and had a ‘Conversation’ with author ELIZA HENRY JONES whose debut novel In the Quiet was published in 2015 and shortlisted for the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction, the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and was longlisted in the Indie Awards and ABIA Awards. Her second novel...

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Migration, Refugees and Hope

Migration, Refugees and Hope

By on May 20, 2017 in Projects | 1 comment

On May 13th I facilitated an event at the 2017 Queenscliffe Literary Festival for a session entitled ‘Migration, Refugees and Hope.’ Writers Mariam Issa  and Alec Patric  discussed issues including migration, multiculturalism (and its threats), the power of storytelling and some unexpected insights into the possibilities of a world which we increasingly...

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Author visits home town

Author visits home town

By on Apr 18, 2016 in Projects | 0 comments

For me here are the landscapes of my childhood – the Murray, the Coorong, the coastline of Port Elliot and VictorHarbour, the Adelaide Hills and the city itself. Directly and indirectly they are part of my writing. Murray Bridge is a huge part of my family’s story.  http://www.murrayvalleystandard.com.au/story/3833842/author-visits-home-town/— On April...

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Probus meeting in Portarlington in Victoria

Probus meeting in Portarlington in Victoria

By on Feb 17, 2016 in Projects | 3 comments

On February 17th I was invited to speak at a Probus meeting in Portarlington in Victoria and chose as my theme: ‘Where do writers come from?’ I sketched the story of my life and how it had fed into my writing, particularly how my family stories had seeped into the writing of ‘Estuary’...

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Estuary TV Development

Estuary TV Development

By on Jul 8, 2015 in Projects | 1 comment

Estuary is set in the breathtakingly beautiful landscape of the Coorong, where the mighty Murray River collides with the great Southern ocean, a truly mystical yet unsettling backdrop for long-buried stories. Estuary is a story of the complex relationships being played out in Australia today. Estuary ‘is a story that confronts, teases and eventually shows us a new...

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Love Winter in Aireys

Love Winter in Aireys

By on Jun 15, 2015 in Projects | 0 comments

On June 14th I joined a group of local writers to take part in the ‘Love Winter in Aireys’ festival down the Great Ocean Road in Aireys inlet. Poets and prose writers read from their work in a session called ‘Under the Influence of Words.’...

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GIVE THEM A ‘WEDGIE’

GIVE THEM A ‘WEDGIE’

By on Nov 22, 2014 in Blog | 2 comments

On July 17th this year Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, using a flight path favoured by most major airlines on the Asia/Europe route, was shot down over the Ukraine. On the same day, at around the same time, on perhaps the same flight path, we were flying Cathay Pacific from Hong Kong to Helsinki to spend three months in Europe. This coincidence does underline the...

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BOOK REVIEW: qnews.com.au

BOOK REVIEW: qnews.com.au

By on Nov 11, 2014 in Reviews | 0 comments

Heartsong Publishing This reviewer had the pleasure of interviewing this talented writer in 2005, when Bartlett’s debut novel, Towards a Distance Sea, was published. Bartlett’s storytelling has matured considerably since then with his latest effort, Estuary. Darting between the lungs of the Murray River in Coorong and his new home of Melbourne, this is a beautiful...

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In Memory of my beloved brother Michaell Bartlett, “a genuine human being .”

In Memory of my beloved brother Michaell Bartlett, “a genuine human being .”

By on Jul 8, 2014 in Blog | 5 comments

June 16th 1938 – July 7 2014 “The service for my dear brother was held in Sydney on July 10th at the Macquarie cemetery, North Ryde and attended by many friends. In late October or early November a service will be held in Adelaide for his friends and family there. At his service my partner Stephen read this very apt poem from the French poet Paul Eluard: ‘Despair...

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THE ELOISE PROJECT

THE ELOISE PROJECT

By on Jun 26, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

In April this year Torquay locals initiated a series of U3A (University of the Third Age) classes. One class for which I was tutor was frighteningly called: ‘Write til you burst’. Over the term a group of around six students wrote and talked about words at fever pitch. We tried to slot into our creative, unexpected, funny, irreverent natures without too much judging...

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Writers for Refugees – can a ‘eureka moment’ be far away?

Writers for Refugees – can a ‘eureka moment’ be far away?

By on Dec 23, 2013 in Blog, Uncategorized | 3 comments

With just two days before Christmas we can’t ignore the stain on our national character which is our treatment of asylum seekers. While a pessimistic feeling infiltrates any public discussions, there are indications that growing general dissatisfaction will explode soon in a ‘eureka’ moment, that may lead us in a totally new direction. The recent formation of...

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