The sights and sounds of fabulous India - they can be found in their most exciting forms during a religious ceremony in Kerala involving their greatly loved, admired and cared for elephants.
Globalisation and Literature was the theme for a conference from which I've just returned, representing SSOA at Osmania University in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. Organised at the Osmania University Centre for International Programmes (OUCIP), the conference gave established scholars as well as Masters and PhD students the chance to hear views on the …
KATHAKALI DANCE TRADITION THRIVING As Director of Sydney School of Arts & Humanities on a visit to South India last week, I was welcomed to an impromptu viewing of students training at their special school near Thrissur. At Kerala Kalamandalam, the Kathakali dance performance training school-university, students have to work hard to learn the complicated …
'Why and How I Write' was the writing prompt for the week. Members of our creative writing groups came up with a couple of stimulating responses, which so many writers can relate to. I dream up stories in a variety of places, such as the shower.
On Krishnamurti and Learning: A Battle of Wits A message from SSOA author Geetha Waters on the STEP program for children’s education she is involved with in India’s Andhra Pradesh state. Dear All, Through STEP I have watched people and seen how circumstances change them over a few years. It has been very interesting for […]
Winning a game of marbles for Sarah Neil ADOPTEE! YOUR TIME IS NOW In the ‘Boys’ playground at school, crab-like children flicked marbles in a dusty circle. My sister and I, a pair of identical, red-headed, freckled-faced twin girls, won the lot. We had a large bag of all the boys’ marbles […]
Writing of the Week The Gecko. This short description from Jenny Neil in our Tuesday meet up, OMG! (Our Memoir Group). It's stimulating as much for the illustration as for the succinct and observant writing, which Jenny is happy to share with SSOA members and readers.
There are equal parts pride in the achievements of the Australian nation and shame in acknowledging the harm done - and still being done - to our First Australians.
A couple of publication opportunities for writers with some time on their hands over January – compliments of Trish Hopkinson: The literary magazines/journals listed below offer some form of payment, do not charge submission/reading fees, and have submission deadlines within a few days ie end of January 2017. This list focuses on poetry submissions, …
A new year observation, rather than a resolution, from one of our more thoughtful creative writers, Sao Khemawadee Mangrai: Have you ever woken up in the morning with a feeling of expectation? You get so excited that you don’t want to linger in bed. You spring up and get ready to tackle the day’s routine. In between […]