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For anyone who lives on the Central Coast and would like to say hello in person, I am giving a talk at Toukley Library this Thursday 28th October. It will be between 10.30-11.30 at the library in Victoria Street, Toukley. All welcome. Enquiries or bookings to the library on 02 4396 4247.

Under the murky skies of the Hunter Valley, despite its dominance by coalmines and coal-fired power stations, some culture does exist! Singleton talk Next Thursday evening I’ll be speaking at Singleton Library about my book, Mountain Tails and some other matters — apart from my wild neighbours — that stir my passions at present. I’ll also […]

I have just read Tasmanian writer Rachael Treasure’s new book, The Cattleman’s Daughter. To my mind it’s her best book yet, with clear signs of the maturing writer as well as woman. Like all Rachael’s very popular books, it has a central developing love story and lots of horses, but of equal importance here is […]

Next Sunday, November 8th, as part of the Wollombi Country Fair, I’ll be heading to church.  Not for a sacred service, but to speak at a Literary Morning Tea to be held by my publishers, Exisle, in the historic St. John’s Church at Wollombi. Based at Wollombi, Exisle are very much a part of this […]

In a few weeks I’ll be heading up the Hunter Valley, past all the horrible coal mines of the two shires south of Upper Hunter Shire to Scone, seat of local government and Horse Capital of Australia. (That’s Scone with a long ‘o’ as in ‘bone’, not Scon(e) with a a short ‘o’ as in […]

In early October I’m returning to my rural roots, so to speak, and heading back to Erina on the NSW Central Coast hinterland, where I grew up on a small farm. This is me aged 11 with my younger sisters one dewy morning in our orange orchard in 1959. Erina is more a commuter suburb […]

Soon I’ll be heading up the hills to Country Music Capital, Tamworth, to speak about my book, Mountain Tails, at Tamworth Library. The talk will be at 11 am on Wednesday 23rd September; Tamworth’s modern library is at 466 Peel St, (02) 6767 5640. And no, I won’t be singing, although I’ll probably have Lucinda […]

Recently I spoke at Mudgee Library for the first time. Somehow I missed it for my first book, but It will definitely be on my list for any future ones. This Mid-western Council library is situated in a charming old shopfront building in the heart of Mudgee, which is itself full of lovely heritage buildings. […]

The online environmental magazine G-Online is worth a visit — it’s full of information about sustainable living, including gardening, cooking, health, travel and family matters, with useful hints and ‘Ask G’ links for your questions. G-Online’s Kate Arneman has posted a review of Mountain Tails — read it here — and you can also give […]

As many of you know, I regularly contribute articles and photos to The Owner Builder magazine. They also stock my books in their online bookshop. Their last page is for readers to send in their musings, from the back porch, so to speak. In fact it was one such gratis contribution, over 10 years ago, […]

In June I will be speaking about and reading from Mountain Tails at several NSW north coast libraries – assuming the floods recede and do not re-occur. Bellingen Library — 11 am Thursday 11th Forster Library — 7pm Monday 15th Kempsey Library — 1pm Tuesday 16th Port Macquarie Library — 10 am Wednesday 17th After that I’ll […]

Librarians are some of my favourite people, being book lovers like me. However, the grey-haired spinster in a drab cardigan no longer fits the bill. Nor are libraries just places of shush and half-asleep old men. Take young, cheery and goatee-d Adam Holland and his Wyong Shire Library in the enormous Westfield Tuggerah Shoppingtown on the […]

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