Keep a diary and one day it’ll keep you

—Mae West
Feb 2013

Contract with Women NSW, a division of FACS (Family and Community Services)

Last year I contributed to the effort that resulted in Women NSW releasing an annual report enquiring into the status of women in NSW, Women in NSW 2012

This year, with the additional benefit of recent census data, a follow-up report will be produced for 2013. My primary role will be to audit the financial and statistical data, although I will also contribute to the writing and editing...

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Jan 2013

Today I had another go at entertaining the clients of Glengarry with my reading group experiment.

We gathered about five people this time and I felt more prepared with some shorter pieces. I started off with some favourite poems like Auden's Funeral Blues and Thomas' Don't Go Gentle Into that Good Night. Then after some Kipling and Browning, I began to realise there is an overriding theme of death and dying in some of our best loved poems - not so great when you're at...

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Jan 2013

I have finally made good on a long-held wish to create a reading group for people in a nursing home. On New Year's Eve I sent out queries to facilities in my area, describing what I had in mind. By 4pm I had a very enthusiastic response from Glengarry in Mosman.

Today I ran my first group of four members. As the residents all have some level of dementia, the readings have to be chosen carefully. Today we read some poems by Robert Browning, Robert Frost et al, but the...

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Jan 2013

One of the perks of studying for the Masters of Creative Writing at the University of Technology, Sydney, is the right to submit work for the annual anthology. The UTS Writers' Anthology is launched at the Sydney Writers Festival in May and is gaining in prestige every year. Around 30 stories make it into the final publication.

My short story, A Fistful of Earth, was submitted last October, along with 300 other stories, and has just been shortlisted. The editing...

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Dec 2012

Book review of Griffith Review 38: The Annual Fiction Edition edited by Julianne Schultz published in the NSW Writers' Centre's e-newsletter Newsbite

Nov 2012

Alicia has a course on offer in the summer term at WEA Sydney

You can find it in the Summer 2013 Catalogue

Travel Writing & Photography

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