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 →

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 →

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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What Music Inspires @Amanda_Pillar #InspirationalMusic

Who is Amanda Pillar? Amanda Pillar is an award-winning editor and author who lives in Victoria, Australia, with her husband and two cats, Saxon and Lilith. Amanda has had numerous short stories published and has co-edited the fiction anthologies Voices (2008), Grants Pass (2009), The Phantom Queen Awakes (2010), Scenes from the Second Storey (2010),… Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 28 March 2015
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What Music Inspires @ThoraiyaDyer #InspirationalMusic

Who is Thoraiya Dyer? Thoraiya Dyer is an award-winning Australian writer. Her short science fiction and fantasy stories have appeared in Clarkesworld, Apex, Analog, Nature and Cosmos, among others. Fablecroft anthology Cranky Ladies of History will contain Vintana, Thoraiya’s take on Ranavalona the Cruel, Queen of Madagascar. Her collection of four original stories, Asymmetry, available… Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 27 March 2015
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