Category Archives: Melbourne

Art versus graffiti: Who calls the shots?

Given the discussion generated by my previous post, Why I love graffiti, I thought I’d follow up with a few points about ‘street art’ versus what some readers have referred to as ‘malicious graffiti’ or ‘ugly black tagging’. A couple … Continue reading

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Why I love graffiti

Over the New Year break, I read Anne Michaels’ remarkable novel, The Winter Vault. Michaels is a poet turned novelist and it shows in her lyrical prose. The Winter Vault is essentially a love story about engineer Avery and his horticulturalist wife … Continue reading

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Murder in Mesopotamia: Agatha Christie & Archeology

From the Melbourne Museum website. Reproduced with permission. What do crime fiction and archaeology have in common? A public forum at Melbourne Museum on 9 September will solve this intriguing question with a focus on famous crime writer Agatha Christie’s … Continue reading

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Agatha Christie on travel

I picked up a copy of Agatha Christie – An Autobiography in preparation for a panel I’m chairing at the Melbourne Museum next month. I’d intended to skim it, concentrating on the parts that are relevant to the panel discussion. … Continue reading

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Listed alongside serious talent: Any chance it’s contagious?

I’ll be appearing on a panel at the Wheeler Centre on Thurs 22 September together with Kerry Greenwood, Lindy Cameron and the deliciously named Honey Brown ahead of She Kilda 2011, the Australian Women Crime Writers’ Convention, to discuss why there’s such an appetite for women’s crime writing. … Continue reading

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Tash and I were catching a bus home recently when we came across these Bubbles in the bus shelter. Kudos to the artist who must have been tempted to write ‘Blow me’. I couldn’t resist blowing bubbles in a bus stop, … Continue reading

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