Research and writing involves a lot of repetitive time-consuming tasks such as typing, editing, transcribing and formatting data. All the public hears about is the amazing discovery. The bulk of the work is essential but it can be rather monotonous and certainly not news-worthy. Over the last few of days #ThanksForTyping has emerged on Twitter to recognise the wives of … [Read more...] about ‘Thank you to my wife’ – unpaid work by women
It is with sadness we heard about the passing of Australian historian Jill Roe late last week. During her life she made a significant contribution to Australian history. Through her passing Australia has lost a great contributor to our society, but her work lives on and enriches our lives. Jill Roe is best known for her biography of Australian literary icon, Miles Franklin. … [Read more...] about Vale Jill Roe
One of the joys after I finished my history degree was reading a book from cover to cover. This is the way most authors expect people to read their books, but when studying or working I found the pressure of deadlines meant that I simply mined a book for information through the index or a reference in another article or book. Worse still, my reading was terribly skewed towards … [Read more...] about Challenge Completed!
Warning: This post contains references to Aboriginal people who are now deceased. The books and links referred to in this post may also contain references and images of deceased Aboriginal people. Each July, book blogger Lisa Hill encourages bloggers to review books written by indigenous authors from around the world. She chooses 'Indigenous Literature Week' to coincide with … [Read more...] about A Lesson in Life: Book Review of Auntie Rita
It is Reconciliation Week this week. An important aspect of the act of reconciliation in Australia is non-indigenous Australians listening, pondering and accepting the experiences of the first Australians. There are many ways we can participate. I chose to read the recently published memoir of a woman from the centre of Australia - Lizzie Marrkilyi Ellis. Lizzie Marrkilyi … [Read more...] about National Reconciliation Week Review: Pictures from my memory