Why Copy? (Today’s Thoughts on Plagiarism)

Hmmmm. I have just read a review of a book of poetry http://rochfordstreetreview.com/2013/10/02/a-non-review-of-the-first-30-and-other-poems-by-graham-nunn/ and I am deeply saddened at what it revealed.  It seems mighty selfish of some to practice the art of the ‘rip off’ without so much as a tip-of-the hat to the efforts of others. It might have been a line here, and […]

Empty Chair

At the end of the first day of the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival I was walking back from the tent where Paul Kelly and Archie Roach were performing some musical collaborative moments with my camera in hand.  I stopped and enjoyed the Belongil wetlands scene, noting that someone had left a chair presumably where they’d […]

Writers, Writers… Everywhere

I think I have become a Writers’ Festival volunteer convert!  Listening to Peter Carey in conversation with Matthew Condon was my first session on Friday…   …followed up by escorting Ross Coultard and Peter FitzSimons to the book signing tent… before collecting DBC Pierre and Chris Hanley from the Green Room where I had a […]


You’re moving your toes through the cold sand. It’s late and the night is on your tongue. The dream author pulls a cigarette and lights up. What happens next? [from a 14 July 2013 Facebook post by the Byron Bay Writers Festival https://www.facebook.com/bbwritersfestival?hc_location=timeline%5D She sauntered across the chopped-up beach to where I’d laid down to […]