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What I learnt in the dojo about writing

The founder of aikido Morihei Ueshiba, or O’Sensei, considered aikido to be a method for correcting your own mind. The lessons I learned on the mat, I still apply today in my writing. The discipline of daily practice Aikido – a Japanese martial art form – can be translated as ‘the Way of unifying with life energy’ or ‘the Way … More

Kathy’s story: roaring into retirement

How did a publisher’s assistant end up in Africa raising lions? Kathy Murrell and I worked together at John Brown Publishing in London in the ’90s. When I heard how her story had changed, I had to find out the details. It all began when Kathy was made redundant after 20 years of service – turns out it was just … More

Curing blindness in the third world

Dr James Muecke is an Adelaide-based ophthalmologist who co-founded the Sight For All Foundation. After I interviewed him for medicSA magazine about his work preventing blindness and how the Foundation came to be, it reminded me of something the Rev Tim Costello had said to me when I interviewed him, about how in a world where 40,000 kids die each day from … More

Meeting of the Waters: Owen Love

Playwright, theatre performer and diesel mechanic Owen Love is one of the artists featured in Meeting of the Waters, a project supported by Country Arts SA involving a residency at Wellington, the development of a series of short films, interviews and blog posts featured on a website – and culminating in a show at the Wellington courthouse in September.  Owen is … More

Meeting of the Waters: Michelle Murray

Writer and storyteller Michelle Murray is driven by the need to understand herself and the family she has chosen – she is a white woman married to an Aboriginal man, with whom she has two children. Synergistically, Michelle’s latest project, Meeting of the Waters, is one of a number of creative investigations by artists and communities along South Australia’s stretch … More

Gardening on the edge

Business woman and artist Winnie Pelz has created a safe haven where she can scratch in the earth in her beautiful garden perched on the wild south coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia. I spoke to her for Fleurieu Living magazine about her passion for art and gardening, and blending with the environment.

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