Art

The Pre-Raphaelites Come to Canberra


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Last weekend, following the Lifeline Book Fair, I also went to an exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia of Pre-Raphaelite artists (the exhibition was called ‘Love and Desire’, which is an unfortunate title for such an exhibition if you ask me, but they didn’t). Because Christina Rossetti and her family were involved with the

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Books

The funniest book about loneliness


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Last week I read Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman, in three days. This is faster than I finish a lot of books. One day on the bus I shook laughing till tears really did run down my face, the next I had to put on my sunglasses and stop reading when I

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Books, Life

The thing which keeps life romantic


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So now, here I am with my aim of getting back into more regular blogging. So umm … I believe I used to write about books I was reading. I was very slow on the uptake of the Jordan Peterson phenomenon, but I did get 12 Rules for Life for Christmas and have recently finished. What can

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Life, Poetry

Nostalgia for a new year


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Well I ought to be ashamed to show my face here. Those advent poems were a vanishing mist and I shan’t make anymore promises. The time has passed for excuses for such a thing and since I have returned January has been searingly hot (41 degrees celsius today) and it is difficult to impel oneself

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Faith, Poetry

These Advent nights are long


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Here is the next of Christina Rossetti’s Advent poems. If I include her Christmastide poems there are quite a lot, so I had best keep on! I like the idea of Advent as a season of waiting and longing, and I’ve written before of how for Christina ‘all existence was a long advent‘, which is

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