The cover image was taken by the author at The Last Bookstore in Downtown LA.
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The Inheritors by William Golding When I used to work at a mainstream school, we taught William Golding’s ‘Lord of the Flies’ as part of year 10 English. We used this exceptional novel to teach aspects of creative writing, such as … Continue reading
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari A good writer is able to smoothly zoom in and zoom out of their subject matter. Zoom in, to give the reader evocative detail and compelling individual stories; zoom out, to … Continue reading
Here is my story that won the competition, accompanied by a beautiful illustration by Yevgenia Nayberg.
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
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
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
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
T.S. Eliot wrote in ‘The Cultivation of Christmas Trees’ that Christmas is a time for children to accumulate a sense of wonder. The emotion of awe – which I mentioned briefly in my last post – is garnering more interest among scientists as … Continue reading
Cafe Scheherazade by Arnold Zable The Storytelling Animal by Jonathan Gottschall We’re living in a post-truth world, so we are told over and over by the media, but my own leitmotif this year has been the idea of multiple truths – two … Continue reading