Tag Archives: Life; death; marriage; divorce

Still standing

  WHEN MY BOYS were small, they loved a story I used to read to them about an adventurous mouse who went to sea. When the mouse was young he stood in the harbour and watched the boats sail away, … Continue reading

Posted in books; authors; Australia, BrizVegas; home; travel; life, Life; birth; marriage; divorce, Queensland, women and ageing, writing | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off

Time and the writer

FOR A WHILE now I’ve had this little private theory that writers experience time differently to other folk. Not in a better way, or a superior way, just in a different way. My theory goes that, unlike most, writers (and … Continue reading

Posted in books; authors; Australia, Life; birth; marriage; divorce, Travel; Paris; Moulin Rouge;Life, women and ageing, writing | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

On being a babe….or not

I see I am not the only one to find Pamela Stephenson’s comments on the ABC’s Q and A panel this week so fascinating. An actor, sex therapist, comedian and wife of Billy Connolly, I heard a long time ago … Continue reading

Posted in books; authors; Australia, Helen Garner; Doris Lessing; Hilary McPhee; Kate Grenville, Life; birth; marriage; divorce, women and ageing, writing | Tagged , , , , , | 36 Comments

Here is the news….

Where to start? Haven’t had a chance to catch my breath, hence dearth of blog posts…apologies. Well, let’s start with last weekend at the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival. I hear that previous festivals have been waterlogged and muddy but, hey, … Continue reading

Posted in books; authors; Australia, BrizVegas; home; travel; life, My Hundred Lovers, Queensland, recto-vaginal fistula; Dr Catherine Ham;lin; fistula clinic; A Better Woman; Petja Grafenauer; Polish translation, writing | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off

On divorce

Being one for hyperbole, as well as sensationalism (the last according to Hermione Lee, a few years back, when I broke the cardinal rule of journalism and gave her a copy of the story I wrote about her and her … Continue reading

Posted in books; authors; Australia, BrizVegas; home; travel; life, Life; birth; marriage; divorce, single mothers; meditation on single parenthood, writing | Tagged , , | 13 Comments

On being swamped

I don’t know if my current state of feeling overwhelmed by life — the endless cleaning of bedrooms and dishes and clothes that needs to be done, the tax return that is long overdue, the dozens of emails from friends … Continue reading

Posted in Book launches, books; authors; Australia, BrizVegas; home; travel; life, Life; birth; marriage; divorce | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Page proofing MY HUNDRED LOVERS

What a strange business it is, page proofing a book. The hard work is done (the writing that is — I always find editing easy in comparison. I am ruthless: cut, cut, cut). For the first time you are able … Continue reading

Posted in books; authors; Australia, Editing; My Hundred Lovers; Ali Lavau; Allen and Unwin, Life; birth; marriage; divorce, QWeekend; journalism; Susan Johnson, single mothers; meditation on single parenthood, writing | Tagged , , , , | 6 Comments

On being a ‘single mother’

Interesting phrase if you think about it. Is there such a thing as a ‘double mother’? Of course I know the meaning is that you are kind of like a single girl, except a mother as well. But I wonder … Continue reading

Posted in Life; birth; marriage; divorce, single mothers; meditation on single parenthood, writing | Tagged , | Comments Off

Births, Deaths, Marriages….and Divorce

I don’t often write of personal things here but, hey, it’s not every day you get divorced. It’s now official, the Decree Absolute signed off; the finances done and dusted (he got the lot except half the London house and … Continue reading

Posted in books; authors; Australia, Life; birth; marriage; divorce, writing | Tagged , , | 5 Comments