Why I plan to read more than 19 books in 2019

Armed with my mobile phone and a range of books downloaded through Audible I find driving anywhere the perfect opportunity to listen, uninterrupted. In my 2019 ‘list of magical things I hope to do’  I nominated 24 books for the year, easily digestible at two per month.  I have to travel a lot this year, mostly road trips to and from the country to help co-care my mother and that’s when I’ll ‘read’ – oops, yes, you’ve got it –

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Maureen Helen – Reading Magic

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It is timely to share Maureen Helen’s Reading Magic in the same week that all Australians are encouraged to stop what they are doing and read for an hour on Thursday September 20th . Maureen’s story is testimony to the power and value of reading during childhood and shows how reading influences one’s path in life. When I first met Maureen, I was totally engaged by her enviable energy for learning and life itself. Maureen is a co-member of the

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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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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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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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Readers in Their Element -Valuing Reading

The first ‘reader in their element’ is the owner of this blog! I grew up in Western Australia’s central wheat-belt, several miles from the nearest source of any reading material. Over the years that changed dramatically and I’ve not only read quite a range of literature, I’m also a writer currently head down in my first contemporary fiction novel. Add in poetry and family history and the reading-writing circle is complete. Now living in Perth’s Darling Ranges you will find

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