Gone but not forgotten

Gone but not forgotten

  Gone but not forgotten   Another year of the 2018 Sydney Writers Festival has passed through theatres, bays, lounges, universities and galleries, and especially through Carriageworks – all such appealing places. The charming and intellectual engagement these events inspire brought into light subjects and novels hidden in the shadows, creating …

Poets Perform for the Lady

Poets Perform for the Lady

Poets Perform for The Lady and the Unicorn  Watching performance poets is always a textural experience – words, flow, sound, movement. It’s such an energising process that being in the audience is a far from passive experience; a bit like REM sleep. But watching poets perform modern thoughts and words in front of the overpoweringly […]

A Desk of Your Own

A Desk of Your Own

A Desk of Your Own Let her speak her mind and leave out half that she now puts in ... VW Then the penny dropped. I had been struggling with my writing. Not with the flow - the flow was, thank god, coming in thick and fast. But the pace of it and my surroundings clashed. Working at the kitchen table had seemed like a great idea - and suits my vision of emerging from a cooking space - the witch with her cauldron, the alchemist, blah blah. But really, all it meant was that I was in the thick of being distracted by the practicalities of life. …
Sunrise and Dance

Sunrise and Dance

Sunrise and Dance SSOA author, Geetha Waters, returned to South India following the publication of her first book, Road to Rishi Konda, to apply the principles of J Krishnamurti’s philosophies to the practice of education for children. …
The Dark Side of the Opera theatrical book launch

The Dark Side of the Opera theatrical book launch

The Dark Side of the Opera book launch and theatrical performance went off with pizzazz in front of a crowd of more than 60 attendees at the Nita McCrae Park's Abraham Mott Hall on Saturday night. Experimental in nature, the show stretched the audience's understanding of what a multi-media artist and poet can achieve in working on the themes of a poetry collection to apply the ideas to other arts, such as video, dance and song. The cycle of poems within the collection on which the show was based is called Tales of Morgana. Poet and novelist, Ferdinando Manzo, directed the show …
And let them have dominion

And let them have dominion

'And let them have dominion ...' A quote taken from the Bible - where dominion means dominance or supremacy or government and which might be interpreted to include care. ‘When the suffering of another creature causes you to feel pain, do not submit to the initial desire to flee from the suffering one, but on the contrary, come closer, as close as you can to him who suffers, and try to help him.’ – Leo Tolstoy In a small Victorian town by the sea, I was sitting out the front of my favourite café, which just happens to be next to a butcher shop. Twenty minutes earlier, two farmers had pulled up directly in front of the sign advertising ‘fresh meats’. The farmers were taking a calf called Nyo Nyo to an agricultural show. …
Theatrical performance based on poetry

Theatrical performance based on poetry

Theatrical performance based on poetry SSOA author Ferdinando Manzo’s latest poetry collection has been featured in an Italian magazine article. The magazine has reported on the theatrical performance Manzo is to direct at Millers Point next month in conjunction with the launch of his poetry collection, ‘The Dark Side of the Opera’. The performance will combine music, dance and recorded videos on the themes of life and love, based on poems in the collection. …
A TASTE FOR DIAMONDS

A TASTE FOR DIAMONDS

A TASTE FOR DIAMONDS BOOK LAUNCH CELEBRATION Diane Harding’s latest novel  A Taste for Diamonds looked dramatic lining the bookshelves of Harry Hartog’s Bookstore at Warringah Mall when it was launched a few nights ago. Ferdinando Manzo had designed the cover to capture the passion of tango – that same passion that can create a desire for diamonds. About sixty people including friends, reviewers, customers and members of SSOA’s writers groups attended the book launch. …