A Story Written Especially for Me!

Last weekend, it was my birthday. It was a special birthday too, and I was so very lucky that my entire day was… perfect! Not only did family and friends join in to celebrate my special day, but I got to spend hours with bookish people whom I treasure. And they surprised me too… Every… Continue reading →

Which Book(s) Would You Tell Others To Own?

This month, I was asked by Pittwater Life Magazine to share my thoughts on a book that inspired me, held a special meaning and/or taught me a life lesson. It was for a regular section of their magazine called ‘The Book(s) You Must Own’. What a great idea! I loved looking over my bookshelves and… Continue reading →

Why the future of Australian creativity is in safe hands…

Last week was National Youth Week, the largest celebration of young people in Australia. Thousands of young people aged 12-25 got involved in events across Australia, and one of those events was a free writing workshop I organised for young writers at Manly Library. The NYW’s tagline never felt more real: It starts with us!… Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 22 April 2015
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Recount Storytelling – a Disappearing Art?

When was the last time you received a letter? If not a letter, an email telling you the details of an event you missed, a way of life you cannot be part of though wish to be, or how someone is feeling and why? I expect it’s been a while, which is a bit of… Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 14 April 2015
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What Music Inspires Authors – The Series Index!

Listening to a sequence of sounds has no obvious survival value for humans. Yet according to a 2001 study by neuroscientists at the University of Montreal, music has the same effect on our brains as sex and good food. Why? It could be because with music we get whatever emotion we seek through it –… Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 31 March 2015
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What Music Inspires David McDonald @sircamaris #InspirationalMusic

Who is David McDonald? David McDonald is a mild mannered reporter and editor by day, and a wild eyed writer by night. Based in Melbourne, Australia, he is the editor of a fortnightly magazine for an international welfare organisation, and divides his spare time between helping run a local cricket club and writing. In 2013… Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 30 March 2015
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What Music Inspires @MarkTBarnes #InspirationalMusic

Who is Mark T Barnes? Mark T. Barnes was born in Sydney, Australia, in September of 1966. A strong athlete, he was also drawn to the arts at a young age, penning his first short story as a seven-year-old. He worked in finance and advertising before establishing himself in IT services management. Currently he owns… Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 29 March 2015
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