Orig­i­nal­ly pub­lished by The Com­mu­ni­ty Writer in 2019. Inter­view by Oliv­er Phish­er. What are three books that have great­ly influ­enced your life?  1) The Gospel of John: My father was an Angli­can chap­lain, a fierce intel­lect, a com­pas­sion­ate heart, and …

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This week I had the hon­our of meet­ing over 500 Year 7 and Year 8 stu­dents at Oakhill Col­lege in Cas­tle Hill at the invi­ta­tion of librar­i­an Lynn Revai. The theme of the Oakhill Book Week for 2019 was “Ban­quet …

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Aus­tralian Children’s Lau­re­ate Mor­ris Gleitz­man recent­ly told a packed audi­ence in Syd­ney that every­where he trav­els in Aus­tralia he hears young peo­ple express bewil­der­ment that adults keep elect­ing to high office men and women whose behav­iour, should they – the …

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Words seem cheap nowa­days. They roll beneath our fin­ger­tips on social media feeds, via text mes­sages, and on the news-sites and blogs we browse on trains and bus­es. First thing in the morn­ing and last thing before sleep, we read. …

Mid­dle Read­ers in Mid­dle Earth: Reflec­tions on the Fan­ta­sy Genre for Young Read­ers Read more »

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In May 2019, I attend­ed the New­ing­ton Col­lege Fes­ti­val of Lit­er­a­ture. It was a thrilling and, at times, over­whelm­ing expe­ri­ence. Over the course of three packed days, I ran 10 one-hour work­shops with hun­dreds of inspired and inspir­ing stu­dents. With …

New­ing­ton Col­lege Fes­ti­val of Lit­er­a­ture 2019: Salila, Nar­nia, Mid­dle-earth & North Korea Read more »

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 …

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