Author: Heartsong

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 reflections, focuses on the human spirit’s struggle for dignity in the face of wars, dislocation from homeland or the quest for asylum. In this selection ‘humanity struggles endlessly’ for freedom, to progress a society where the marginalised especially have the same rights as the advantaged. Recent rapid changes, especially over the past twenty years in politics...

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Recently published poetry

My poem ‘Drifting’ judged one of the best pieces of writing in 2017 on the Right Now website: Mihilini Fernando says: “I think it succinctly conveys the horror and isolation of offshore detention, while juxtaposing it with the apathy and cruelty of the government (‘a Prime Minister/cheerily/tweeting scores’) in the face of their suffering.”     My poem Rewind published on the Right Now website  ...

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The Catholic Church 2018 – Sackcloth & Ashes?

The release today, November 15th 2017, of the final Report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse  has been described by survivors of abuse as ‘nation –changing.’ Their claim is hardly hyperbole, considering how long the abuse of children has been perpetrated by many religious and state institutions in Australia and how long it took the grass-roots momentum of victims and their supporters to finally expose this ugly and criminal side of Australian society.   The Catholic Church was singled out by the Commission as perhaps the worst perpetrator with more than 20 per cent...

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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 protested in Australia in the past four years. First I would like to give my deepest thanks for standing up for humanity. It’s so valuable for the Australian community and for us in Manus and Nauru that there are still so many people who care about humanity and who are fighting for justice. As you...

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Recently published poetry

November 16th: ‘BARRE-WARRE – (FROM THE HILLS TO THE SEA)‘ http://disappearing.com.au/poem/barre-warre-from-the-hills-to-the-sea/     ‘47 ALISON STREET – 1994‘ https://redroomcompany-dot-yamm-track.appspot.com     November 6th: Night...

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