I feel sorry for the crows around our way. It’s the summer holidays and the local school is empty of kids – there’re no rubbish bins to scavenge from for the odd Vegemite sandwiches or half-eaten bananas. So the resident flock of noisy crows have gone off on their own little holiday somewhere where the… Read More Ode to crows … and poetry
Originally posted on Feathers of the Firebird:
Small Beginnings–in the wilds of far north Queensland, by Sheryl Gwyther With sisters and cousin–I’m the cheeky one! Is creativity part of our genetic makeup? Perhaps. But I know for sure – living an unrestricted, happy-go-lucky childhood in far north Queensland in the early 60s was the genesis…
It’s Queensland’s turn to host a celebration of THE SCHOOL MAGAZINE‘s Centenary! Back in 1916, as the world grappled with the horrors of World War I, the New South Wales Department of Education had a brave and brilliant idea: to give primary school children their own free high-quality literary magazine. So while hardships related to… Read More Queensland news – THE SCHOOL MAGAZINE celebrates 100 years!
Authors are funny animals. We inhabit storybook worlds; and sometimes reside in our characters’ heads. There’s nothing quite like the excitement of fictional characters coming to life. Adversity McAlpine is someone you won’t know yet, but one day, you will. She’s the young protagonist in my completed manuscript, SWEET ADVERSITY. SWEET ADVERSITY is a 50,000-word historical… Read More On making a character live … the inside story
Today, 211 years ago, a storyteller was born in Odense, Denmark. Hans Christian Andersen became a prolific writer – of poems, travelogues, novels and plays … but it is for his fairy tales that he is most remembered and treasured. Sad, clever, joyous and poignant, and always with a message to be a better, finer… Read More What I learned from Hans Christian Andersen
BANG! KAPOW! The visiting author punched her way through the dreaded Sizzling Start. ‘Who will rid me of this bothersome writing term,’ she screamed, valiantly, desperately. Sorry, no offence meant to all those teachers (valiantly) trying to teach kids short story writing to fulfill the dreaded NAPLAN testing requirements. Teachers have SO much to deal… Read More Off to a SIZZLING START … or not!
I’ve had a ‘multi-skilled’ work career … the fault of a constant need to be challenged, and possibly a rebellious streak that makes me, in perfect Leo-like logic bend the rules – to do it ‘my way’. My way or the highway, sort of thing. Most times over those 20+ ‘career choices’, my way was… Read More The Death of Childhood?