Tag Archives: Australia

Beautiful prose about an arduous journey

Devotion by Hannah Kent. My rating: 4 of 5 stars. More than anything, I love the way Hannah Kent writes. Her use of language is inventive, perceptive, lush, evocative. Somehow she worms her way inside you, the reader, so that … Continue reading

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A gripping 1880s migrant adventure

Paradiso A Novel by Steve Capelin My rating: 4 of 5 stars A gripping tale of hope and despair on the high seas. Set in 1879-80, a group of migrants from the struggling north of Italy chases the promise of … Continue reading

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WWII in pictures: the voyage of the notorious ‘Dunera’

Dunera Lives: A Visual History by Jay Winter My rating: 5 of 5 stars Beautifully curated, this visual history shows through paintings, cartoons, photographs what happened to a shipload of German, Italian, and Jewish men – most of whom were … Continue reading

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An escape to the magical ‘deep country’ of our ancient land

All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton My rating: 4 of 5 stars An epic tale, in the spirit of the Brothers Grimm, set in the impossibly harsh country of Australia’s Top End. The characters are intriguing and larger-than-life, in … Continue reading

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My year as a research fellow …

My 12-month research fellowship with the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) has now ended and what a wonderful experience it was! While I learnt a lot about my topic, I learnt even more about myself. If you’d like to find … Continue reading

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“Under the Skin 4” – SLQ Fellows’ presentations about the world wars

I was honoured to present findings of my project, “Queensland Women and War: a multicultural perspective of the experiences of female civilians during World War II”, at a public event at the State Library of Queensland. To see the full … Continue reading

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