I’ve read a lot of literary fiction and commercial fiction in my reading life, and there’s a constant narrative in my head about the relative merits of the two, and whether there should even be a distinction. I’ve just read Marian Keyes’ latest novel The Break and wrote a review of it for Goodreads, and … More Marian Keyes versus Colm Toibin
If I have one goal in life it’s to appear on the legendary BBC Radio 4 program Desert Island Discs. For fifty years, the Beeb has been casting celebs and other notables away to a hypothetical desert island, on a weekly basis. As aids to survival, they must choose the eight music tracks they will … More The Hot Seat on City Park Launceston
To ready myself for best seller status, I’ve taken inspiration from Jilly Cooper, whose success and property portfolio in the Cotswolds I aspire to. I had that tooth removed specially. Turns out crowdfunding a book is every bit as much of a ride as one of Jilly’s polo novels! Elation one minute, doldrums the next … More Crowdfunding roller coaster
I wasn’t feeling all that resilient about things on Friday night when I reversed into a decorative pillar on the front of our house. The pillar didn’t feel that resilient either, and was shunted out of place at both its upper and lower completely useless and non-structural capitals. However, there is reason to be cheerful! … More Milestone! 33% in 30 days!
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
What better way to celebrate International Women’s Day than by raising a glass of breakfast orange juice to the woman named World’s Best Female Chef, Dominique Crenn? Born and raised in France – lucky her – Ms Crenn has lived in San Francisco since the early nineties – lucky her again – where she worked … More Dominique Crenn does Tasmania
Every so often a food comes along that you’ve never heard of and suddenly it’s everywhere. What the hell is that, you ask on first encountering it? What is miso, apart from something that Gwyneth Paltro likes? What is kimchi, apart from a sound you make when you sneeze? What is kombucha, you’re asking one … More Sharing the kombucha love
“How do you turn this thing on?” Dan Hong asks as he swings the handle of a wok burner to and fro in TasTAFE’s impressive catering kitchens. We’re here to talk about the Great Chefs Series, the initiative which, well, does what it says on the tin – it brings great chefs to Launceston’s Drysdale campus … More Dan Hong at the Great Chefs Series