Little Dribbling review

Bill Bryson doesn’t need reviews, but I write in the same genre, travel memoir, and sometimes my book has nestled thrillingly alongside his in the online booksellers categories (a very comfortable spot, thank you). Reading him again has been a reinvigorating experience, which I daresay he’d be quietly pleased to know. Bryson’s cleverness lies in … More Little Dribbling review

Marketing Your Book

This post is mostly for authors – a look at that great and ongoing mystery, how the bloody hell you market a book. You’ve written it, you’ve had it published, held it in your hands and it’s real. Congratulations! But that was the easy bit. Now comes the real challenge – getting the bloody thing … More Marketing Your Book

How to write memoir

Are you writing a memoir? Who do you think you are anyway! If you’re not a football player, a celebrity blogger, an ex-politician, comedian or actor, why would people be interested? Plenty of reasons. Memoir and autobiography are a perpetually popular genre. People love getting an insight into other people’s lives, whether they’re famous, unusual, … More How to write memoir

Don’t Stop the Dance

TasDance in Launceston staged its end-of-year show over the weekend and I went because our son does the hip hop class there. It quickly became apparent that dance, like music, can inspire all manner of grace in every part of the population. If you’ve had the chance to see the Australian television program Don’t Stop … More Don’t Stop the Dance

What the Butler Saw

Imagine having a member of staff within your household dedicated to keeping the wine cellar stocked, the laundry fresh, vehicles fuelled and faux pas in etiquette and appearance to a minimum. One could breeze through life with considerably more ease. Not many are in a position to avail themselve of such an individual these days. … More What the Butler Saw

Smoking hot

Something unexpected has happened – my husband has turned out to be right. This may sound like a trifling event, and it’s only about smoking sausages, but for Oliver to be wholly right and me wholly wrong is unprecedented and has never happened in the course of our marriage. We agreed many years ago that I … More Smoking hot

Launceston calling – interview on City Park Radio

As a writer, it’s lovely to get onto the radio and be able to talk about your book. It helps bring it alive – not just for readers and listeners, but for the author as well! Time passes between writing a book and getting it published, and very often you forget what you’ve written! So much so that … More Launceston calling – interview on City Park Radio

The Wife’s Tale

River Cottage Australia keeps popping up on my TV.  Every time, I marvel that it’s yet another bloke on our screens wondering in the delight of putting his hand underneath a hen and drawing out a warm egg. Where are all the women, I wonder? Do program makers really think it’s just blokes moving to … More The Wife’s Tale

Tasmanian Short Story Writers’ Competition 2017

Blow me down if I wasn’t asked to be one of the judges for this year’s Tasmanian Writers’ Competition for short stories. The competition is run by the lovely people at Tasmania Forty South, with an ‘island’ theme. An anthology of the best entries is launched at the Hobart Writers’ Festival in the years when … More Tasmanian Short Story Writers’ Competition 2017

Passard’s chefs at Launceston’s TAFE

It has begun, the biggest week for students on TAFE hospitality courses in Launceston. Under the captaincy of one of the world’s best chefs Alain Passard, they are prepping lunch for eighty at Josef Chromy Winery, and a fifteen course degustation for one hundred and twenty diners at the college’s restaurant. Monsieur Passard had gone … More Passard’s chefs at Launceston’s TAFE