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  • My Favourite Writing Books
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  • Chattering at the Library
    I frequently visit the State Library of Queensland for research and inspiration (plus the bookshop is excellent). This piece was written on a rainy morning while I waited for an event at the Gallery of Modern Art. Looking out over the trees, I see flashes of red – bottle brushes amongst the gnarled branches. The …

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  • Beauty and the Grotesque
    Voluptuous conjures up the image of Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigidia. Marcel Proust in In Search of Lost Time added intelligence to voluptuous and created the phrase “voluptuous intelligence”. Since the moment I first laid eyes on this combination of words I fell deeply and hopelessly in love. What a divine concept, the …

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