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 …

Beauty in the Eye

Beauty in the Eye

If you’ve walked along Cleveland Street in Redfern lately, perhaps you’ve noticed a striking new work of graffiti art: Transparent June by the Austrian artist Nychos. Known for exploring themes of morbid corporeality and temporality, Nychos created this piece in homage to Lord Frederic Leighton’s famous Victorian oil painting Flaming …

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 …

Rural school education in India

Rural school education in India

As an outcome of SSOA author, Geetha Waters’ efforts as an education consultant in India, our organisation gives moral support to The H2 Apparels Community School in Palamaner in rural Andhra Pradesh. The school for the children of local women factory workers has been running for a year, and the challenge that the Principal Mr. […]

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 …