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A little competition never hurts...

Debut novelist Anna Funder as had a spectacular year. Not because she cleaned up in both the Miles Franklin Award, Australia’s most prestigious literary prize; All That I Am has also won Book of the Year and Literary Fiction Book of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards, the 2012 Barbara Jefferis Award, the Independent Bookseller’s Award for Best Debut Fiction, and the Indie Book of the Year. It is reasonable to say Funder is now a literary heavyweight!  ..

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Yippy an IPPY

When you receive the news of a win, your heart races and your pupils dilate.  Your limbs feel as though they are detached and your breathing changes from fluid to chaotic.  It is very difficult to jump out of your seat, find your nearest and dearest loved ones to share the news under these physical circumstances. ..

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Yesterday, Day Three of Queensland Writers Week, I had a very 'writerly' day

After our monthly book club meeting last night, where we dissected that speech from Julia Gillard and Slipper’s great slip up, oh, and books 50 Shades of Grey and The Great Gatsby; I did finally give myself a moment to think about the day.  It helped that our internet connection has spectacularly failed, and the cloud I was relying on for data storage seems to have dissipated... See, rather than get distracted, I could only just think!  ..

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So much for being a 'blogger'!

Predominately, the first bit of advice you hear when sitting happily, languishing in the sunshine at writers festivals, or in the stupefying heat of an under-resourced workshop, is if you are going to blog, then BLOG. Don’t pick it up sporadically and assume everyone is still following the conversation. After all, who wants to spend time with someone who only interjects annually?  ..

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So much for being a 'blogger'!

Predominately, the first bit of advice you hear when sitting happily, languishing in the sunshine at writers festivals, or in the stupefying heat of an under-resourced workshop, is if you are going to blog, then BLOG. Don’t pick it up sporadically and assume everyone is still following the conversation. After all, who wants to spend time with someone who only interjects annually? ..

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What you think of when

It is extraordinary how blank your mind can go when you are doing (a) repetitive tasks or (b) repetitive tasks where you shouldn't let your mind go blank! It is a little like going through the process of helping your thought processes switch from the left hand side of your brain to the right hand side when you are working on illustrations.  ..

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Nicole Climbs Her Own Mountain

In a month when Kurt Fearnley highlights the tenacity of disabled bodied athletes by winning the New York Marathon and successfully crawling the Kokoda trail, the focus on issues affecting our general health and well being couldn’t be sharper.   The wheelchair athlete is a passionate advocate for equality and recognition for disabled people in society.   ..

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Sacred Heart School

I was so lucky on Friday. Sacred Heart School invited me to listen to a presentation and workshop by Frané Lessac. It was inspiring to hear how Frane approaches her projects and the amount of research which is conducted before the illustrations even begin. She was impressed with the books the children wrote last year as part of the Child Writes program. She said she had never seen children produce finished work of this calibre! We were all very excited, especially the children who were involved with Child Writes in 2008! ..

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