Tag: Empire of the Waves

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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On the 28th of August 2019 I was invit­ed to address the whole school assem­bly at Patri­cian Broth­ers’ Col­lege in Fair­field. It was an hon­our to vis­it this tremen­dous school and meet so many stu­dents and teach­ers. There was a …

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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. …

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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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The great­est ple­saure of the author’s life — this author’s life, in any case — is meet­ing read­ers. Writ­ing is a soli­tary task much of the time, even if social media now allows authors to share their tri­umphs and frus­tra­tions …

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At the end of Novem­ber 2016, I had the hon­our of vis­it­ing Pen­rith High School to meet Hellen Jiang and her class­mates in Year Nine. Hellen won the senior divi­sion of the NSW Pre­mier’s Read­ing Chal­lenge Words & Art Com­pe­ti­tion …

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When I was in pri­ma­ry school, Book Week com­pet­ed with Christ­mas and East­er as my favourite time of year. La Sem­ana del Libro felt sacred to this child, for whom sto­ries and sto­ry-telling were indeed a form of reli­gious obser­vance. …

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My first job, when I was four­teen, was as a book­seller for Angus and Robert­son, sav­ing for my first over­seas adven­ture, and through­out the odyssey of my teens and twen­ties I con­tin­ued to work in book­stores, up until the start …

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