“I’m a climate warrior. Here’s why I paddled and dragged

Steve Posselt My journey reminds me of the fight for our climate – a hard slog with mental challenges that will be won by ordinary people Tough Is Not Enough seemed an apt title. When I was very young, playing cricket with a tennis ball seemed more sensible to me than the hard one that […]


Introducing “The Last Paradise”

In the ashes of her marriage Grace escapes her troubles by taking a job with a luxury hotel hidden in a stunning, untouched oasis in the heart of tourist-crazed Bali. Here, in this last paradise, she gathers the strength to take charge of her world. And, inspired by a woman’s story with links to Australia […]


A good place to start

A conversation with a charming, passionate, informed and intelligent woman friend, is hard to beat.  Talking with Patrice Newell is inspiring, depressing, challenging, informative, engaging. But above all educating. She doesn’t lecture, but shares knowledge from experience. And when we’re talking climate change, farmers, politicians, local councils, and agriculturalists she speaks truth to power. She’s […]


Who’s minding the farm?

Patrice Newell, Penguin Random House, Australia 2019. Rrp $35 Who’s Minding the Farm? asks Patrice Newell, former journalist, now author and biodynamic farmer.  A self described ‘proud dirt farmer’, Patrice Newell considers there should be a Minister for Soil.  In December 2013, the 68th UN General Assembly declared 5 December as the World Soil Day […]


The last of the bushrangers: When the past got personal

Kiera Lindsey When the producer of the Lawless TV series, called me about joining the Lawless team, I was not only thrilled to discover they were planning to open the cold cases of those infamous bushranger stories I had loved as a child, but particularly intrigued about one I had never heard about. ‘The Kenniff […]



Damon Gameau. Pan Macmillan. Rrp. $34.99 Damon Gameau attempts to present climate change more positively as something we can successfully confront and combat. Gameau graduated from the Drama School, National Institute of Dramatic Art (Sydney) with a degree in Performing Arts in 1999.  He is best known for having directed and acted the lead role […]


The Uninhabitable Earth.

David Wallace-Wells Penguin Random House $29.99 Reading David Wallace-Wells’ shocking “The Uninhabitable Earth”, should frighten anyone half to death and necessitate doubling his or her dose of anti-depressants.  David Wallace-Wells starts right off with “It is worse, much worse, than you think” and then takes great pains (yours) to ensure you swallow that.   Wallace-Wells […]


A certain beautiful old age…

Admired and respected  Australian writer, Robert Dessaix dropped in to see us and said he is writing his next book and mentioned he’d like some suggestions from “readers of a certain age”! Robert explains here . . . . ‘The idea,’ said the British anthropologist Ashley Montague, ‘is to die young as late as possible.’  […]



Wakefield Press, Mile End, South Australia, 2019 Peter Timms RRP $24.95 After finishing Timm’s discursive and tumultuous little volume (224 pages), I felt a bit dazed.  Timms spends a lot of time defining silliness, what it is and isn’t, in a very British fashion, dropping names from ancient Greece to the Goon Show.  He has […]


The Village

Matt and Lentil. Published by Plum, RRP $45.00 Available in all good bookstores. Related PostsSATURDAY NIGHT PASTAASSISTANCE TO WELFARE RECIPIENTS


Those were the days!

“Old Days, Old Ways” Alex Nicol. Allen & Unwin Rrp. $29.99 Alex Nicol has is a great yarn spinner. Essentially a radio man, starting as a trainee with the ABC, then started  All Ways On A Sunday radio program for yonks and then became  the station manager of the ABC Orange.  He’s also worked as […]



by ANDRENA FINLAY and SUE MILLIKEN What does a producer do? The short answer is, without a producer there is no film. Two of Australia’s most experienced producers, ANDRENA FINLAY and SUE MILLIKEN, have collaborated on a handbook about producing for the screen, encompassing all the stages of feature film production: from the initial idea, […]