Giant Frog Blog

Giant Frog Blog

SSOA writing coach Sharon Dean observes: I've always loved the following anecdote from the Japanese poet Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828), who was friends with a frog called Happy. Recently, at Never Never Creek near Bellingen, I was privileged to have a similar experience with a Giant Barred Frog, who followed me around and at one point even sat on my foot. …

Paris by Vélo

Paris by Vélo

What glorious autumn days we’re enjoying in Sydney this month! Whether you’ve been exploring our city’s beautiful parks and gardens – or merely sitting inside daydreaming about such leisurely pursuits – we invite you to read the following passages by SSOA member Helena Ameisen. Although not set in Sydney, Helena’s …

Reflecting on ANZAC Day

Reflecting on ANZAC Day

What does ANZAC Day mean to you? As revellers drank beer and played two-up outside nearby pubs, this was the question we tackled in our warm-up exercise at tonight’s regular writing group meet-up. Given only ten minutes to respond, participants reflected on subjects ranging from Czechoslovakian childhoods and Russian propaganda, to domestic violence …

Writing of the Week: Forging connections

Writing of the Week: Forging connections

Creativity often involves forging new connections between old ideas. At last Tuesday’s regular writing group meet-up, we gave our brains a workout by doing exactly that. First, we passed around a jar containing forty slips of paper. On each slip was one word representing either: a person (think ‘grandmother’, ‘pilot’, ‘baby’); a place …

Compassion Will Trump Animal Abuse

Compassion Will Trump Animal Abuse

Stepping up for animals and the environment in a harsh political climate Guest blog by Sharon Dean If Donald Trump’s success in the US election demonstrates anything without a doubt it is that there’s a sickness at the heart of the country. From the moment Trump entered the campaign, he gave voice to many aspects […]