I recently had the good fortune to meet Paula Morrow the author of Darwin’s Dilemma: the damage done and the battle for the forests. “This novel is based on two true stories: A fictional group investigate the truth behind a quote of Darwin’s. Has the West emphasised one idea of Darwin’s, ignoring his other equally important idea? To the detriment of the planet?
Also we have true eye-witness accounts of the young people who sleep on platforms high up in the trees, battling to save the last of Tasmania’s old growth forests from destruction.”
Her book on such an important subject definitely needs to reach a wider audience so I helped show Paula become a Goodreads author. Check out her profile and her other titles.
Posted in Gathering books to sell, Living a creative life, Members of our community
Tagged books, collaborative workspace, Darwin's Dilemma: the damage done and the battle for the forests, getting together, Goodreads, Life in Time by Paula Morrow, living a creative life, Paul Morrow, saving the rainforests
Ostrovo (known as Arnissa) today. Photo courtesy of Nikiforos Sivenas
It’s wonderful how research communities and people can cross paths. As mentioned in an earlier blog, World War I Link gathers a lot of these communities together under the one umbrella.
My blog about the Scottish Women’s Hospitals is a member and so is Jenny Baker’s Looking for the Evidence. On a particular post about the Scottish Women’s Hospitals on my blog at Debbie Robson Nikiforos Sivenas crossed my path. He is researching the SWH because as a 10 year old his father encountered the women at the field hospitals and couldn’t believe that women were driving ambulances. The memory stayed with him and his son has been discovering more about these marvellous women and where they worked. He has supplied Jenny Baker and myself with some wonderful photographs of the region then and now. Above is a shot of the small township of Ostrovo as it is today.
I am currently going through various webpages including the Imperial War Museums, the AIF Database, the National Archives of Australia and the Australian War Memorial website. More websites that may help other people researching Australians involved in a world war or other conflict, are listed in Shane Pilgrim’s excellent article at ABC Open – 7 easy ways to research your family’s World War history.
I am so glad to be a part of such fascinating, resourceful and giving communities.
Posted in Bringing history to the people, Living a creative life, Members of our community, Sanctuary for writers and historians
Tagged ABC Open, AIF Database, Australian War Memorial, historians, history, Imperial War Museums, National Archives of Australia, research communities, researching the past, researching your family tree, researching your family's World War history, Scottish Women's Hospitals, World War One Link, WWI
ABC Open is a wonderful community I’m proud to be a part of. It “is real stories made by real people from all around Australia”. Every month new projects are set to inspire the community. They are are a combination of writing, video and photographs.
The current writing projects are:
500 Words: Testing the friendship
Open Drum: The Vaccination Divide
Unsung: an inspiring person in your community
The current video projects are:
Makers and creators
Where you’ll spend me: How you spend your summer
Mother tongue: Sharing Australia’s first language
Unsung: an inspiring person in your community
The current photography projects:
Come on and join in! It’s a great place to hang out.
Last week, through twitter, I discovered this marvellous site. WWOnelink is about linking your Great War Commemoration Project to the world. Definitely a collaborative workspace in my books.
The site explains: “WWI Link is a research project database established by the history-loving team at Inside History magazine. This website is an online register of research projects taking place across Australia during the centenary of WWI, promoting our WWI heritage and creating an important record of the ways in which Australians commemorated this significant centenary.”
WWOnelink is a marvellous resource, particularly for smaller project owners, who now have a very effective tool to help raise the profile of their project. Projects can be searched by State, Region and Type. Please spread the word to other history lovers and all those interested in finding out more about the Great War.
Earlier this year I was lucky enough to meet Angela Walton when she dropped in to one of my Starving in a Garret community meetings. They are informal gatherings usually on a Saturday at a local cafe. I post on the net where I will be, generally writing or researching, and my friends or interested parties can come and say hello.
One Saturday Angela dropped in with her friend Renata and we’ve been buddies ever since. In June this year Angela’s book Transcendence was published by Custom Book Publications. Last month I read and reviewed her book on Goodreads and it was mentioned in a roundup of last month’s Australian Women Writer’s Speculative Fiction Round-up.
Here is Angela’s Webpage. Drop by and say hello to one of our Starving in a Garret writers!
Posted in Living a creative life, Members of our community, Sanctuary for writers and historians
Tagged a community of writers, books, collaborative workspace, finding books to sell, getting together, speculative fiction, Starving in a Garret, Transcendence by Angela S. Walton, writers, writing
Tonight at Poetry at the Pub I met up with my friend Janette Hoppe. Before reading her poems, Janette spoke about her battle with depression and that she is working on putting together a collection of poetry about depression. She is looking for contributors and funding the cost of publication herself. This is a wonderful project and you can find more details at Collecting Cobwebs The Blue Series.
Janette Hoppe is from Auckland, New Zealand. She studied at Newcastle University and is the creator of Hoponin and Learn. Please share and like Janette Hoppe’s page Papatuanuku Press. Looking forward to the launch!
Posted in Living a creative life
Tagged call for submissions, Collecting Cobwebs, Collecting Cobwebs The Blue Series, depression, Hoponin and Learn, Janette Hoppe, Newcastle University, Papatuanuku Press, poetry, poetry collections, raising awareness