Guy Salvidge – Wrapped Up in Books

A few years ago I met Guy Salvidge at an Avon Valley Writers’ Festival and more recently at the last Rockinhgam Writers’ Festival. Our paths continue to cross occasionally and with his article for Readers in Their Element, I am amazed to learn of his voracious appetite for reading. He certainly is in his element when he has a book in his hand. In his own words, Guy’s intermittently award-winning fiction has squirrelled its way into such esteemed publications as The

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My family piano

There’s not a lot in common between eggs and pianos. Except for the one in my lounge room. If the hens on my Nanna’s farm in the early 1900’s hadn’t been so productive there’d have been no eggs to sell, no money saved and logically, no piano. In my mind I can hear my grandmother, Nora Farrall playing the piano and singing hymns for Sunday Services and gatherings in the front room of her home. I believe was often joined

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Teena Raffa-Mulligan – Confessions of a Readaholic

When I had the opportunity to talk at length with Teena Raffa-Mulligan at W.A. Authors’ Day at Just Add Passion in Stoneville a few weeks ago, I was totally intrigued by her resounding knowledge and passion for reading. Teena is a breath of fresh air and her enthusiasm for reading sparkles with every word she shares. Teena is a reader, writer and daydream believer with a lifelong passion for books and writing. Her first published book was a stranger danger

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A.R. Levett’s Storytelling Journey

When I approached Andrew Levett to be a guest writer for Readers in Their Element I was intrigued to learn about the amazing range of genres he read as a child and currently explores in his writing. Amongst other points of interest, he highlights that variety is sometimes a key to engaging young children in reading. I am pleased to bring you his Storytelling Journey. Andrew is an emerging Western Australian writer of poetry, short-stories, novel-length fiction, and screenplays. He

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Dunnroamin’ to Geraldton

Dunnroamin’ – Road trip to Geraldton Last weekend my husband and I travelled north from Perth to sunny Geraldton. It was a special occasion catching up with family with whom we spent some time exploring the area. On the way we noted iconic landmarks. Typically, the Leaning Tree just out of Geraldton was irresistible to capture. We noted there’s now a tourist bay to pull into making the photo-taking exercise safer than in past years. Usually I yell out to

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WA Author Day, Just Add Passion

Imagine celebrating Mother’s Day with local talent. That’s exactly what Michelle Greening  brought to our doorstep on WA Author Day at Just Add Passion on Sunday. Michelle has a talent for finding real treasures – stunning art, fabulous books and gorgeous crafts as well as amazing, talented WA authors who bring laughs and fabulous stories to share on the deck of her quaint Emporium in Perth’s hills. When I browsed the books the authors had on display I resisted the

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In Honour of Patrick McGuinness

Always an emotional time, this year’s ANZAC Day took on a depth of meaning I’d hitherto not experienced. While always aware of those who paid the ultimate price, it was only recently that I learned about my great uncle, Patrick McGuinness who died as a result of critical wounds in Villers-Bretonneux, France. Peter Terpkos, my daughter’s partner, is a keen family historian focussing on those who served in the World Wars. He wrote the following article on Patrick McGuinness after

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Collection or Clutter?

How do you choose just one item from a collection of memorabilia to write about? That was my task recently. I’ve been absent from blog posts because I’ve been busy writing assignments for my latest unit in family history. I had to select one – just one item – from a house ‘littered’  (my dear family say cluttered) with family memorabilia and write its biography. Writing a formal essay is as challenging as writing fiction, getting the facts straight and

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Romance mixed with contemporary issues

Brief insights into three books I’ve read recently, written by Australian author, Rachael Johns, exploring both romance and contemporary issues follow. The Patterson Girls is an absorbing story to listen to involving four sisters each with very different issues about pregnancy. I won the audiobook in a raffle, and I must say, I couldn’t have chosen a better prize. It came with The McKinnels of Jewell Rock which kept me glued to both stories, A Dog and a Diamond and

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High Tea plus three highlights Perth Writers Festival 2018

Insights into a superb range of authors’ works made Perth Writers Festival 2018 a joyful learning experience. Highlights for me included – Debut novelist… Louise Allan talking about The Sisters’ Song. What a fabulous session to start with, superbly led by Jane Cornes Mclean. Louise treated her listeners to a reading from her debut novel and gave a bonus performance, singing the words Ida heard at her first recital! The beauty of her spontaneous performance brought tears to more than

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