Author Archives: A Book and a Half

About A Book and a Half

I'm a teacher based in Melbourne, Australia. I blog about reading, writing, teaching, learning, and exploring.

NYC Midnight

This year I have started entering creative writing competitions. To my utter disbelief, I won the NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge. It was a wonderful competition, and I’m not just saying that because I won! There are three rounds, and in … Continue reading

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My new job

I have a new job, which goes some way to excusing my absence – right? For the past couple of years I’ve been teaching English and Literature at a secondary school in regional Victoria. Although I loved my job, for several … Continue reading

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Algeria

Just above silence (Juste au-dessus du silence) I talk low, just above silence So that even my other ear can’t hear. The earth sleeps in the open and lingers in my head With the rigor of asphodels. I’ve re-peopled a … Continue reading

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Poetry for Performance

Brand New Ancients by Kate Tempest Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by the Gawain Poet, translated by Simon Armitage This week I spent a couple of days in Lorne, a lovely town on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. My parents … Continue reading

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The Joy of iPhone Games

Monument Valley by ustwo The Room 3 by Fireproof Games Believe it or not, but novels once enjoyed about the same cultural status as iPhone apps do today. Nowadays, novels are considered a form of high art – worthy of study at … Continue reading

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Albania

Poetry Poetry, How did you find your way to me? My mother does not know Albanian well, She writes letters like Aragon, without commas and periods, My father roamed the seas in his youth, But you have come, Walking down … Continue reading

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Afghanistan

I’ll kiss you in the pomegranate garden. Hush! People will think a goat’s stuck in the underbrush. – Anonymous   The Kabul-based women’s literary society  Mirman Baheer has a hotline which women and girls from the provinces call to share their poems. … Continue reading

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