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I am a writer, editor, reviewer and dance teacher based in Perth, Western Australia. 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. 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.

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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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The first two books of The Talismans trilogy were published by Satalyte Publications, which, sadly, has gone out of business. Book one, The Dagger of Dresnia, is up on the usual bookselling web sites as an e-book, and I have a few hard copies to sell to those who prefer Real Paper. Book Two, The Cloak of Challiver, will be available soon. The easiest way to contact me is via Facebook.

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Monday, 2 March 2015

Around in circles I go



I’ve vowed not to undertake any new editing jobs for the next few months. I am too easily seduced into doing more and more things and winding up a nervous wreck.

The past month has been incredibly busy, particularly on the reviewing front. We've had the Perth Fringe Festival, the Perth Festival proper and the Writers Festival – all within a few weeks, with overlaps! I was a bit greedy and took on a lot of reviewing – but  who could resist, especially with the Writers Festival, which was chock-a-block with talks and panels from an impossible number of fine authors.

My colleague Ilsa Sharp and I managed a fair spread of the Writers Festival between us, but seeing as there were generally four things on offer in each timeslot, there was no way we could cover everything! You can read the results of our endeavours on Artshub. Just follow the links.  

Day one: in which we encountered love, biography, and Man Booker Prize-winner DBC Pierre.  

Day two: in which we focused on writing for young adults, gender and fiction, the quest for inspiration and the value of creativity. 

Day three part one: in which the spotlight fell on diverse matters including tales of history and survival, language and human rights  

Day three part two, where we found matters pertaining to politics, personalities  - and roses.

In the Festival proper, I saw only Mozart Dances and Cut the Sky, both very fine shows indeed. But I got a bit carried away by the Fringe. The amazing ladies of Divalicious, Penny Shaw and Fiona Cooper-Smyth, were in fine fettle. They are versatile opera singers par excellence, with a fabuous flair for comedy and glamour. Actress and all-round showie Penny Smith showed her wit and wisdom in an enormously entertaining take on Pride and Prejudice, and a fine parade of comics had us in stitches, night after night. You can read the reviews on Artshub – just Google! 

What's more, I have signed up for French and Italian classes this term as well as continuing my various keep-fit and dance commitments, so this will be a busy year, if I don't collapse in the meantime. You can see why I haven't been blogging - or writing book three of The Talismans. Back to the workspace, Satima!




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