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The story behind ‘The Last of the Bonegilla Girls’

April 18, 2018 Guest Post 0 Comments

by Victoria Purman Bonegilla is the Bonegilla Migrant Reception Centre, a spawling ex-Army camp on the River Murray in north-eastern Victoria, near Albury-Wodonga. Between 1947 and 1971, more than 320,000 people passed through there after arriving in Australia, looking for new lives and better opportunities. The small community is called Bonegilla and pronounced Bone-Gilla. But the camp came to be know as Bon-neg-illa as that’s the way migrants began pronouncing it when they arrived there. And although it’s thought to have come from a local indigenous name meaning deep water hole or big cattle camp, it does sound Italian so I can see why its usage changed. READ MORE

Kate Leaver: ‘What’s happened since I published a book about friendship?’

Since writing 83,339 words on the subject of friendship, people have started to approach me to talk about their own. I wrote The Friendship Cure - a manifesto on the importance of friendship - because I truly believe we do not value, nurture or talk about it enough. I was validated in that when I spoke to people for the book because so many of my case studies - people who spoke to me generously about their feelings of loneliness, their friendship break-ups and their best friends - had actually never spoken to anyone but me about what friendship meant to them and especially what it felt like when it crumbled or vanished from their lives.  READ MORE

Five Reasons to Keep Fresh Flowers in Your Home

April 12, 2018 Guest Post 0 Comments

by Vanessa Carnevale I’ve always loved flowers, but before I started writing The Memories That Make Us, I didn’t have much experience in growing them, and I only ever kept vases of them in the house when I received them for special occasions. Over the course of writing my novel, set on a fictional flower farm in Daylesford, Victoria, my love of all things botanical amplified, and a new world opened up to me—one that showed me just how beneficial having armloads of flowers in my garden and home on a regular basis could be. READ MORE

Questioning what ‘Happily Ever After’ actually means

Happily Ever After?
March 21, 2018 Guest Post 0 Comments

  [caption id="attachment_6313" align="alignnone" width="800"] Words: Nicola Moriarty[/caption] Once upon a time, the endings of the bedtime stories I read as a child were fairly easy to predict. The beautiful princess was snapped up by the handsome prince and the two of them married and lived happily ever after. That was the classic fairy tale formula and it was what I expected in order to feel satisfied when I closed the final page of a book. READ MORE

Catherine Milne on Comfort Reading as Self Care

[caption id="attachment_6061" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Words: Catherine Milne, HarperCollins Fiction Publisher[/caption] At stressful times, when you’re down, or when you just want an instant pick-me-up or escape from reality, do you often find yourself reaching – along with the chocolate/tea/wine (name your addiction of choice) – for a book that you’ve read many times before?  READ MORE

Guest Post: Tess Evans on the Power of Community Activism

In her new novel, The Ballad of Banjo Crossing, Tess Evans deals with what happens when a small town community is fractured by big business - when armchair critics become activists. Once a proud farming community, Banjo Crossing could become a mining town, their sweet water compromised, their fertile soil degraded, the food they produce, suspect. What are the ramifications when an issue like this has the power to divide even the most closely knit community? READ MORE

So, you want to be punched by an astronaut?

December 2, 2017 Guest Post 0 Comments

On the day on which Neil Armstrong died, there was a harvest moon above the River Thames. It was a coincidence, but a charming one. It was as if the Moon was paying its respects. Going online, I wondered how soon I would see people declare that 82-year-old Armstrong had been assassinated because he was about to reveal the truth about the Moon landings. I was way behind the times; apparently that hot-headed rumour began at the moment of the death announcement. Capricorn One has much to answer for. READ MORE

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