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 →

The Women of Paid To Dance: Telling Their Stories

Paid To Dance: Stripping Past & Present is a comprehensive insight into the stripping industry, from its origins to its modern day evolution. Everyday women share stories of working in gentleman’s clubs, paying their way through university, funding travel and even escaping homelessness and crime. Parents and partners offer intriguing perspectives of their loved one’s... Continue Reading →

An Exotic History in Australia

American touring ensembles were responsible for bringing vaudeville-style theatre Down Under, and the popularity of Shakespearean plays and opera performances increased. https://youtu.be/puwVhe-Vm-A The gold rushes of the 1850s brought a growth in population to Australia, and there was a growing demand for entertainment. However due to the disruptions of World War 1, the first decade... Continue Reading →

An Exotic History: The Geisha

In the Far East, the geisha training system was founded in Japan in the 11th Century to promote the economic self-sufficiency of women. The geisha held high social status, and it was for that stated purpose that the geisha training system was established quite admirably in Japanese society, where there were very few pathways for... Continue Reading →

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