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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

LITERATURE

Listen To Older Voices : Bill Day – Part 3

Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast through the Toorak Times and Tagg. Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle of...

Sunday essay: 50 shades of Shakespeare – how the Bard sexed things up

Drawing - Wes Mountain It’s hard to imagine a more literary or successful author than William Shakespeare, formerly of Stratford-upon-Avon. Around the world his plays are widely taught and expensively performed. Journalists and scholars look to him for social and political insights. In Washington DC, notionally the capital of the free world, the Folger Shakespeare Library stands near the Capitol building and the...

Listen To Older Voices : Bill Day – Part 2

Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast through the Toorak Times and Tagg. Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle of...

Sunday essay: turning up the level of civilisation

Donald and Melania Trump in Paris last week. According to the Washington Post, the president has made 6,420 false or misleading comments in 649 days. Ian Langsdon/EPA In October 2005 Stephen Colbert was just starting his eponymous show. It is somewhat chilling to realise that this was when he came up with the word truthiness: it seems so now. It has taken...

Novel release: The Unlikely Occultist: A biographical novel of Alice A. Bailey

I am delighted to announce The Unlikely Occultist: A biographical novel of Alice A. Bailey, will be released by Creativia Publishing on December 4th! I will be writing a lot more about the story behind this novel in the coming weeks, and how it came to me to write it. Meanwhile, here is the cover. About The Unlikely Occultist Librarian Heather...

100 years since the WW1 Armistice, Remembrance Day remains a powerful reminder of the cost of war

A crowd at Martin Place, Sydney, celebrates the news of the signing of the Armistice on November 11 1918. Australian War Memorial One hundred years ago – on November 11 1918, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month – millions of men laid down their guns. This was Armistice Day, the end of the first world...

David Malouf’s An Open Book is poetry to sit with

David Malouf’s poetry collection An Open Book spans “a Beurre Bosch pear/in a fruit bowl to the planet”. Shutterstock Book Review: An Open Book, by David Malouf (UQP) A new book of poetry is offered to a world of readers where very few of us have or take the time to read poetry. Most of us are skeptical about it, suspicious of it...

Listen To Older Voices : Margaret Healy – Part 3

Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast through the Toorak Times and Tagg. Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle...

Sunday essay: how speculative fiction gained literary respectability

Biologists are gathering evidence of green algae (pictured here in Kuwait) becoming carbohydrate-rich but less nutritious, due to increased carbon dioxide levels. As science fiction becomes science fact, new forms of storytelling are emerging. Raed Qutena I count myself lucky. Weird, I know, in this day and age when all around us the natural and political world is going to...

From the jarnpa of central Australia to trolls: the many meanings of monsters

The Tanami desert in central Australia is haunted by beings called the jarnpa, which look like people but possess superhuman powers. Shutterstock.com The word “monster” was coined from two Latin verbs “monere” (to warn) and “demonstrare” (to reveal). In tandem, they create a sense of warning, or a portent. The figure of the monster signals what threatens society. Monster Anthropology combines the...