Books By The Beach: Asha’s Story Part Two at Kirra Beach

Welcome to Kirra Beach, the second last stop on my Books By The Beach tour! It is hard to believe it is almost over! The small rocky headland Kirra Point separates Kirra Beach to the north and Coolangatta Beach to the south, and is noted as one of the world's premier surf breaks. In the... Continue Reading →

Books By The Beach: Asha’s Story Part One at Bilinga Beach

Welcome to Bilinga, the thirteenth stop on my Books By The Beach tour! Bilinga is close to the Queensland/New South Wales border to the west and has the Pacific Ocean to the east. The word 'Bilinga' is derived from the word 'Bilinba', meaning 'bats'. The name was adopted in 1918 as a place name for... Continue Reading →

Books By The Beach: A Kind Gesture at Burleigh

Welcome to Burleigh, stop no.8 on my Books By The Beach tour! Burleigh Heads is a suburb that extends north to Miami Headland, and south to Tallebudgera Creek, Palm Beach. The centre of the neighborhood is James Street, which consists of cafes, delis, hairdressers, retailers, chemists, restaurants and charity stores.   Burleigh Heads' surf break... Continue Reading →

The Wilted Rose: Queensland Mental Health Week

6-14th October is Queensland Mental Health Week here in Australia. In my writing, I take a particular interest in exploring various human experiences and perspectives, using my writing to help to share people’s stories in the wider community. Since its publication in 2011 I've used my debut novel The Wilted Rose to help raise awareness... Continue Reading →

An Exotic History: The Windmill Theatre

Named after a windmill that had once stood at the same site, The Windmill Theatre first opened in London as a small playhouse, replacing Britain’s first art house cinema, the Palais de Luxe. https://youtu.be/nal7rGoo5us Laura Henderson, the widowed wife of a wealthy merchant, bought the Palais de Luxe in 1930. Mrs. Henderson and her theatre manager, Vivian Van Damm, decided to... Continue Reading →

A Exotic History: The Moulin Rouge

The second industrial revolution saw a time of frivolity unfolding in Paris. With electricity being rolled out across the city, cabarets like ‘Le Chat Noir’, ‘Le Miriton’ and ‘Les Folies Bergères’ were established and offered a place for aristocrats and workers alike to relax and enjoy themselves. https://youtu.be/08aHwv_O_Xk These venues generally settled in Montmartre, at... Continue Reading →

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