Author: Christopher Richardson

I recent­ly had the hon­our of meet­ing 40 won­der­ful stu­dents from Sefton High School and their teach­ers at The Chil­dren’s Book­shop in Beecroft. I spoke for about an hour about Empire of the Waves, the his­to­ry of myth and fan­ta­sy …

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Look­ing back on the first half of 2018, a tur­bu­lent year in world pol­i­tics – and in my field of Kore­an Stud­ies in par­tic­u­lar – I see how much my read­ing habits remain an anchor. Hav­ing quit Face­book in March, …

Read­ing In Review: Jan­u­ary to May 2018 Read More »

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Recent­ly I passed my ten year anniver­sary on Face­book and five year anniver­sary on Twit­ter. Both sent notes to cel­e­brate the mile­stone. At first, it felt a lit­tle strange to receive such affir­ma­tions from the algo­rithms of addic­tion. But soon …

A Vale­dic­tion: For­bid­ding Post­ing Read More »

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When I was in pri­ma­ry school, there was no day so dread­ed as wet-weath­­er day. It trou­bled me per­haps less than some, as I spent much of the break time in the play­ground or school library debat­ing or cre­at­ing fan­ta­sy …

Round the Twist on Rainy Days: In Praise of Paul Jen­nings Read More »

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The sec­ond half of 2017 brought more high­lights in this writer’s life. On the 12th of Sep­tem­ber, I attend­ed the unique­ly won­der­ful CBCA Lunch With The Stars at the ICMS in Man­ly (as often com­ment­ed, a more serendip­i­tous­ly Hog­wart­sian locale …

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As the rec­tor of my church drew atten­tion to the words of Angli­can Arch­bish­op Glenn Davies exhort­ing us to vote NO in the Same-Sex Mar­riage postal plebiscite, one of my friends turned to me and said: “I grew up in …

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My jour­ney over­land from West Ben­gal to Rajasthan has been intense, exhaust­ing, beguil­ing, ter­ri­fy­ing, won­der­ful. As the train rolls into Jaipur I am, if truth be told, run­ning low. Not quite recov­ered from my fever in Alla­habad, I sur­ren­der to …

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After depart­ing Bun­di on a rick­shaw ride through sheets of wafer-bod­ied midges, I board a clank­ing train for Udaipur, a city famed as one of the most beau­ti­ful in Rajasthan. But before I reach my des­ti­na­tion, I have a stopover …

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Pos­to­j­na is a place – like me – dis­tin­guished, above all, by what lies beneath. This is Slovenia’s karst ter­ri­to­ry. Scratch the sur­face and one enters the spele­o­log­i­cal Shangri-la that is Pos­to­j­na’s remark­able net­work of caves. The jour­ney begins with …

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On the 23rd of July, I had the plea­sure of dis­cussing the life and work of Edward Lear with Lish Fejer on ABC Radio Can­ber­ra. Lis­ten to the full inter­view here

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