The real love story

‘Frankly my dear I don’t give a damn.’ And so Rhett Butler fed up with the chase, said good-bye to Scarlett in Gone With The Wind. Millions of readers of this classic tale of the south were shocked at Scarlett’s foolishness at losing the dashing Rhett, after all this was a love story to end [...]

By | September 26th, 2016|A WRITERS LIFE, Blog, COUNTRY LIFE, Inspiration, MOTHER NATURE|0 Comments

Arthur Streeton – a landscape master

Looking back through the rich history of Australian art, we come to one of our country’s most famous landscape artists, Arthur Streeton. Bringing something a little different to the Australian art scene, he had a brilliant ability to inject light and space into his work, creating paintings that captured the true essence of the Australian [...]

River Run – Set during the heady years of the 1950s wool boom.

There's always a story behind a story. When I began thinking about my seventh novel, River Run, I sat down with my parents to chat about the 1950s. I wanted to to write about this era as it's such a rich period in Australian history - Communism, the cold war, the aftermath of two world [...]

Aboriginal Scar Trees

Aboriginal scar trees. You may well have driven, rode or hiked past one of these woody plants without even noticing. These trees are different from other tree scars caused by naturally occurring phenomenon such as bush fires and lightning as they’re man-made and invariably many decades old. Once extremely common, Aboriginal scar trees have been [...]

Albert Namatjira – a man between two worlds

If you’ve read my novel, Wild Lands, you’re familiar with Bronzewing, one of the lead characters. He’s a young white man, raised in an Aboriginal community, schooled by an early settler family. He was a man between two worlds. In Alice Springs in the mid 1900s, Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira experienced this same disjuncture between [...]

By | September 26th, 2016|Art & Art history, Blog, Inspiration|1 Comment

Arthur Boyd – An artist with a conscience

Looking back at Australian history, it’s humbling to know that an individual like artist Arthur Boyd existed. He was one of those unique people who fought to expose the social injustices within our society and through his art, built a strong platform to share his views. In the late 20th century he was one of [...]

By | September 26th, 2016|Art & Art history, Blog, Inspiration|0 Comments

OF Wattle and Daub Beginnings – The Great War

In state this new world Achilles, he of translucent glow rests, world weary: Oblivious to commanders. Those reticent masters of the bayonet charge, lauded yet by those similarly inclined. Ten miles beyond the sordid scope of battle, only Generals die in bed. Our Achilles, little known disparager of war, of wattle and daub beginnings. [...]

By | July 22nd, 2016|A WRITERS LIFE, Inspiration, Opinion, Patriotism, Poetry|0 Comments

Iconic Australian Bush Artists – Pro Hart

Iconic Australian artists. The phrase makes me think of idyllic portrayals of pastoralism, of golden fleeces suffused with sunlight, frontier settlers framed by eucalypt trees and the blue haze of a never-ending landscape. There are also the confronting depictions rendered by more contemporary artists. Of men and women, communities and their profound connection to the [...]

By | July 5th, 2016|COUNTRY LIFE, General, Inspiration|0 Comments

There’s money in dogs.

The Casterton Kelpie Association has been holding the Clark Rubber Australian Kelpie Muster in Casterton, VIC for 20 years.  Over that period it has certainly become an iconic event with people travelling from all over Australia to buy or sell their working dogs at what is the Premier Working Dog Auction in Australia.  Held over [...]

By | June 20th, 2016|COUNTRY LIFE, General, Inspiration, Rural Affairs|0 Comments

A backpacker tax. What next?

You have to wonder what goes on in the so-called ‘corridors of power’. The latest newsflash from the marbled echelons of Canberra comes in the form of a new tax. How surprising you might say, considering we’re one of the most overtaxed countries in the world, however this latest slug is set to hit agricultural [...]

By | May 16th, 2016|Inspiration|0 Comments
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