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Living in Antarctica

It’s now official – together with screenwriter Jane Allen, I’ve been awarded the 2018/19 Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship.  This is the journey of a lifetime – setting out on one of the final trips of the Aurora Australis icebreaker from Hobart on … Continue reading

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Sixty Seconds: a book that demanded

Some book ideas bang on the door. Some tap gently. In Big Magic, author Elizabeth Gilbert says that when ideas come knocking, they don’t hang around forever – you need to commit to them or they’ll move off and find … Continue reading

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A dream with wheels

In 2014, Dave Eggers – author, storyteller, publisher and radical ambassador for kids’ creativity (not to mention mind behind the best book title ever: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius) visited Sydney and spoke about his work on youth literacy … Continue reading

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Heading south… in a roundabout way

Two thirds through my journey home and wildly disoriented already. It’s late afternoon Wednesday in Honolulu, 26 degrees, and I’m sipping a cup of tea in bed, feeling zombie-ish and between time zones… In San Francisco where I spent the … Continue reading

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Alaska: bottom-on-seat-time

Arrived in Sitka late on Friday 17 Feb, after a slow three-flight island hop around southeast Alaska –  enlivened by some superb Alaskan views from the plane. Tottered up the frosty midnight path to our home for (nearly) a month – … Continue reading

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Islands, rocks and eagles

Ketchikan Airport (after leaving Wrangell) – whiling away a few hours between the short island hops needed to get from place to place in South East Alaska. A stuffed bald headed eagle watches me from a nearby glass case and … Continue reading

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Snow and Ice

Out of Australia’s sweltering February, a day’s skip through Honolulu’s temperate winter, and into the snowy landscape of Anchorage… yes, I find myself (along with aunt  Carol) back in Alaska – my third trip in ten years. The plan: to make … Continue reading

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