Hats off to author, Dimity Powell! In her new picture book, AT THE END OF HOLYROOD LANE, Dimity tackles the subject of domestic violence, physical, mentally or emotionally, with sensitivity and skill. Nicky Johnstone’s beautiful illustrations shine throughout as well. It’s no easy subject to broach in a children’s book, but in the hands of… Read More Tackling a hard subject – DIMITY POWELL’s At the End of Holyrood Lane
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
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?
Ahhh, Science! How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I became a scientist at the age of four when curiosity reared its head. It was the day my mother killed a chook. My father reckoned its head was still attached by invisible threads. Mum, who was in the process of de-feathering the chook, snorted… Read More Curiosity, dead chooks, science and the S.T.E.M. push
I hardly ever use this blog for political talk – but every day I wake up a bit more dispirited and concerned by the turn of politics in our fair country. The ultra-powerful, media-controlling Rupert Murdoch feeds his swill to the public and controls who will be the next government of Australia, and we let… Read More “A Country gets the Government it deserves”
Now don’t get too excited those of you who want me to paint something for you (no, I haven’t forgotten) … this is just the first stage to get me back into doing something that once meant the world to me – making art. In the days before words took over my life, paint, canvas,… Read More Being excited by art-making again