The Handbook: Surviving and living with climate change, by Jane Rawson and James Whitmore

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The Handbook This is a fantastic book! Get yourself a copy!

Will you believe me if I say that I picked it up The Handbook late last night after I had finished reading Patricia Grace’s Cousins just to have a look at the introduction before turning out the light, and found myself reading the entire book instead?  It’s true.  I couldn’t stop reading it…

I did already know I was going to be interested,  I had heard the authors discuss the book with Patricia Karvelas in The Drawing Room on Radio National.  I knew it wasn’t yet another book  about the science of climate change so that you can have arguments with climate change deniers, it was, as the title implies, a book about what to do to make life bearable now that climate change is upon us.  How to make your life better in the 2° rise-in-temperature scenario, which is now inescapable.  How to prepare…

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A whirlwind of a month!

Alli Sinclair

August has traditionally been a busy month writing-wise for me and this year it multiplied three-fold! For those who may not have kept up-to-date on my Facebook Author Page, here’s a quick rundown on my crazy (but oh-so-fantastic!) August:

IMG_4389 What’s Love Got To Do With It Panel – Jess, Alli, Kerri, Erica, and Fleur (Image by Helen Konstan)

Let’s start with the Bendigo Writers Festival. I was lucky enough to participate on three panels – What it Takes; What’s Love Got To Do With It?, and Writing Game. To say I was nervous is an understatement, especially when the first panel was broadcast through The Wheeler Centre and people all over the world could watch it – and they did! I’ve provided a link below to the video if you would like to see what I got up to. A special thanks to the AMAZING team at the Bendigo…

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BWF 2015 What we loved and learned (part 2)

BWF 2015 – What we learned

The buzz about The Good Life definitely had a fun and positive vibe to it but it was also a great source of critical discussion about how best to live. This year’s Bendigo Writers Festival could possibly have taught us a thing or two on what we can do to find our piece (or should that be peace) of utopia.

Bob Brown delivered the first dose of optimism to a sell out crowd on Friday afternoon in the Festival opener, providing an inspirational start to the festival. Bob’s message was simple – vote for your grand children, be optimistic and do what you can to promote positive change.

On Saturday night in a packed Ulumbarra theatre, Tariq Ali warned that current political and economic structures are designed to leave people without hope. But he encouraged us to debate people, not just write them off and remain hopeful because hope was an active emotion that made you ‘do’ things. Continue reading

BWF 2015 What we loved and learned (part 1)

See the author. Hear the author. Buy the book. Have the book signed. It’s one of the key rituals for many, but there’s so much more to a Writers Festival than just book signings and author sightings.

An event such as #BWF2015 also brings with it long lasting conversations about the many rich ideas which were raised over the course of the weekend and The Good Life may well be just a little closer to reach now that we’ve had time to savour the words of some of the country’s finest thinkers.

It needs to be said that Bendigo already does the good life well – a city surrounded by stunning natural environments, local food and produce that is the talk of culinary types across the land (just ask The Age’s Good Food Guide Roslyn Grundy who says Continue reading

Bendigo Writers Festival: I’m Watching Closely – with Anne Howard and Max Gillies


The entertaining comedic character actor Max Gillies spoke well on his concerns and interests on the state of satire, aided by Anne Howard’s engaging questions. While topics of history, future, appropriateness and morality of the use of satire and the fine line of mocking people, and the great use of identifying detail in comedy, I would like to ask another question: In comedy, especially satire, a character should be ignorant of their flaws, though in exposing someone’s flaws a person’s perceived respect and trustworthiness can reduce and so decrease the chance people will vote for them, therefore politicians and people are now suing comedians and why they are so careful in the presentation of themselves, thus is comedy harmful to the political process, and would the public be willing to vote for someone who admits their flaws?

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