Wran – Left politics?

In the context of the first budget of the newly elected Abbott federal government and the widespread hostility it has engendered, it is perhaps timely to mention certain aspects of Neville Wran’s administration of NSW which were not given prominence …

Memoir group on ANZAC Day

On Anzac Day, members of our writers workshop Sydney memoir group OMG! participated in a session of readings of correspondence between soldiers of the Great War and their loved ones in Hyde Park. The excerpts came from Love Letters of …

Easter Monday Renascence

Easter Monday, the day that we, as a family in the 1950’s, would go to the Royal Easter Show. And yet today I find myself working towards the culmination of four weeks of hard labour preparing our home for sale.…

Unexpected Success for New Creative Writer

First-time creative writer and friend of our school, Gerry O’Sullivan, has self-published an ebook thriller, Gangsters of Shanghai, to unexpected international success. He finds it’s been placed on the Amazon.com Kindle top 10 list in the historical thriller genre.…

SSOA & Facebook

Having rejoined Facebook after several years of absence due to focussing on SSOA, I gape at the productivity of some correspondents. I feel the way I felt this evening as I gazed at this bank of gums … that is …

Machu Picchu and above

Sydney School of Arts has just returned from an out-of-this-world experience of wandering around the ruins of Machu Picchu, this ancient Peruvian temple city. We were also able to buy from a small bookshop in Cusco an English-language edition of …

A chance to write at Varuna

How often in these days of pressured living do we allow ourselves the opportunity to devote our minds completely to a writing project? Sharon Dean, from northern NSW, won a 2014 Residential Fellowship to burrow herself away for a couple …