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November 9, 2019

This year has been extraordinary. It was this time last year I started to work towards an incorporated not for profit that  brought the joys of Shared Reading Circles to the Macedon Ranges.  We are still not quite incorporated, (very early 2020) but we have talked to m...

August 21, 2019

August 21, 2019

Last week I heard Belinda Jack on the Book Hub on RN.  An academic who thinks a lot about how we read.  The book takes us through the history of writing and then reading; from ancient times to modern listening habits.

Jacks also gives us her clearly thought out ide...

June 18, 2019

Louis Macneice's last poem was Thalassa.  It was found amongst his possessions after his death in 1963.  Macneice, a friend and contemporary of Auden, Yeats and Day-Lewis, lost his Irish Protestant faith, along with his accent, in his 20's but remained fiercely Irish h...

March 31, 2019

Today is Neighbour Day.  To assist in celebrate this I attended a Neighbour Day event in Lancefield.  I was there promoting Shared Reading Groups at the Lancefield Neighbourhood House on Tuesdays, but there were many of the other groups and clubs in the town.

The s...

March 21, 2019

Sylvia Plath, born in the US, studied in the US and the UK, married to Ted Hughes, often see as a tortured soul.  The poetry she produced over her short life, has stood the test of time and is still as relevant today as it was when it was first published 50 years ago....

March 16, 2019

 Bibliotherapy is a term composited from 'biblio' meaning books and therapy meaning a treatment intended to relieve or heal a disorder.  It is an ancient form of healing dating back to the high days of the Greeks.  Libraries were seen as places to learn, think and salv...

February 28, 2019

 Next Friday 8 March 2019 is International Women's Day.  This day always reminds me of the time, in the early 1980's when I started to become more politically aware.  I had moved out of my parent's home and was living the independent life I had always dreamed of.  I co...

February 11, 2019

Last week saw the start of two new Shared Reading Groups in Woodend and Lancefield.  Both groups went really well.  A good start; we can build from here.  If you would like to come along to either group please just turn up.  It does not matter that you have missed a we...

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