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I am a writer, editor, reviewer and dance teacher based in Perth, Western Australia. You might enjoy my books - The Dagger of Dresnia, the first book of the Talismans Trilogy, is available at all good online book shops. Book two, The Cloak of Challiver, will be available again shortly. Book three, The Seer of Syland, is in preparation. I trained in piano and singing at the NSW Conservatorium of Music. I also trained in dance (Scully-Borovansky, WAAPA) and drama (NIDA). Since 1987 I have been writing reviews of performances in all genres for a variety of publications, including Music Maker, ArtsWest, Dance Australia, The Australian and others. Now semi-retired, I still write occasionally for the ArtsHub website, and I still teach dance at Trinity School for Seniors, an outreach program of the Uniting Church in Perth.

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The first novel of my trilogy, The Talismans, is available as an e-book from Smashwords, Amazon and other online sellers. I do have paperbacks of The Dagger of Dresnia at the low price of $AU25 including postage within Australia. I also have a short story, 'La Belle Dame', in print - see Mythic Resonance below. Book two of the trilogy, The Cloak of Challiver, will be available again shortly. The best way to contact me is via Facebook!

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Monday, 16 June 2008

Back in Perth!

I'm a bit late posting because internet access was limited over the weekend. On Saturday I travelled from Mount Gambier to Adelaide by coach - a distance of about 400 miles. It took six hours. On Sunday I travelled from Adelaide to Perth by plane - a distance of 1800 miles. It took under three hours. I curse the six hour coach ride, but I also know it would take at least three weeks to walk and not much less in a bullock dray, which is how the early settlers of Mount Gambier would have arrived.

The south-east of South Australia is replete with history. It cannot, of course, boast the kind of history that has ancient monuments and centuries-old homes to document its passage, but it has deserted old farmhouses from a century or more ago, and a fascinating landscape that includes defunct volcanoes and limestone caves. Aborigines lived in the area from time immemorial but tragically, they were rendered extinct by white settlement over a hundred years ago.

There is much to love in the Mount Gambier district, but its winter is too cold for me! I am glad to be back in the relative warmth of Perth, which lies some three or four degrees closer to the equator. I have two house-sits lined up here and lots of people to catch up with, too. I'll do a proper post next weekend, when I am fully settled in.

5 comments:

Jo said...

Welcome home.

Marilyn Z. Tomlins said...

Satima - as Jo said 'welcome home'.
You sure have been seeing the world ...
Marilyn

Satima Flavell said...

Thanks, guys. Don't you love the new feeds Blogger has now? I can see that you've both just blogged some interesting stuff so I'm off to check you both out:-)

Silly Yak Tales said...

Come on, Satima. What is a 3 week walk, look at what you would have seen along the way. I bet that bus ride had exciting moments.

Randi-Lee

Satima Flavell said...

It's good to see you blogging again, Randi-Lee. if you come to Oz we'll do that three wekk walk together. Of course, you would have to piggy-back me most of the way and I weigh well over 150lb!

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