Note: This arti­cle is a brief overview of a wider research project I am under­tak­ing on the life of Cyril Mon­tague Birnie and the his­to­ry of Aus­­tralia-Japan rela­tions. I wel­come any con­tacts from those with direct or indi­rect knowl­edge of …

Cyril Birnie: From Mel­bourne to Mei­ji Japan Read more »

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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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 »

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 …

From Lunch With The Stars to One Book One Pen Read more »

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 …

Pos­to­j­na to Ljubl­jana to Bled Read more »