December 17th 2017- Release of ‘A TINY and BRILLIANT LIGHT: the human spirit in a time of change.’

‘A TINY and BRILLIANT LIGHT: the human spirit in a time of change’  is an e-book  collection of my  non-fiction  previously published, since the year 2000, in newspapers, magazines and blogs. This collection of features and essays, based on my own experiences and...

The Catholic Church 2018 – Sackcloth & Ashes?

The release today, November 15th 2017, of the final Report of...

Message from Behrouz Boochani

Message from Behrouz Boochani, independent journalist and Kurdish refugee currently held on Manus Island. "I'm writing from Manus Island. It's not the first time that I am talking with you people in Australia. We in Manus are aware that so many Australian people have...

Featured Writer – Frank Kelly

        Frank Kelly is aged 47 and the sixth child of Cecelia Kelly, a direct descendant of Kongodoo the traditional custodian of the Coastal Nyul Nyul (Beagle Bay). Born in Port Hedland he has lived most of his life there. The second son after four girls, he was the...

Who’s afraid of the working class?

A recent essay in the 2017 Winter issue of Meanjin, entitled  ‘In Defence of the Bad, White Working Class’, got me thinking about the vexed question of class and whether indeed Australia can still pride itself on being a classless society.   The author, Shannon Burns,...

Words from the Surf Coast ArtsTrail 2017

On August 31st I was invited to be one of the participants in the inaugural 'Words from the Surf Coast Arts Trail' where writers were asked to respond to one of the works of art on show over the weekend of August 12 and 13. I chose a work by artist Kylie Prothero of ...

Megan Abbott

In 2012 I talked to Megan Abbott, American Edgar®-winning crime novelist and was happy to meet her again on August 27th at the Melbourne Writers Festival. We talked about her most recent exploration of teenage female psychology in her latest novel You Will Know Me and...

Love Your Bookshop Day

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...

‘Think of the Child’

This week I heard journalist Emma Alberici relate the story of a fourteen year old boy who had been thrown out of home after ‘coming out’ as gay to his parents. Young people, it appears, are still vulnerable despite huge community advances in understanding. Proponents...

Yahweh and Eros, first published in ‘Meanjin’, January 2007

  The Catholic Church both in Australia and America is facing perhaps its greatest crisis in centuries as it struggles to cope with revelations of abuse by its clergy. Here in Australia, Broken Rights, the support group for people abused by clergy, estimates that at...

“FAIR SUCK OF THE SAUCE BOTTLE”

We Australians are proud to boast that we value the quality of fairness above all. The ‘fair go, mate’ anthem has been part of our vernacular for many years. This week, when Peter Dutton, Immigration Minister, announced an October 1st deadline for 7,500 asylum seekers...

Migration, Refugees and Hope

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...