Monthly Archives: March 2012

Treasure Chest

In a treasure chest there is always gold and precious jewels. In my treasure chest I store dreams and imaginings. I open it each day and take something out. A bird’s feather from the beach. A an old tarnished coin or a lost wedding ring washed up on the shore of the Bay. A beautiful imageI have found. The new character I am imagining for my story. And, memories of my family from long ago. These memories include family members I have never met. Uncle Bill, dead on the Kokoda Track at thirty two. He was always with us around the dinner table each Sunday. If anyone ever set out an extra plate by mistake, we knew it was for Uncle Bill. I never knew Uncle Bill, he died before I was born. His wedding photo was on my mother’s sideboard all her life. His memory kept alive by the stories the family told about him. His young bride, Ethel, died before him of consumption, a pale image in my treasure chest. I grew up with lots of shadowy relatives from both sides of my family. A treasure chest is worth having as we journey through life.

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Keep the Words Coming – The Writers Guide to Life

‘Writers know, the first sentence is always the hardest.’

A quote from ‘Keep the Words Coming’ ‘The Writers Guide to Life’ by Pauline Luke and Julie Capaldo.

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Bianca in a Field of Summer Flowers

My friend Bianca in a field of summer flowers many years ago…Image

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The Handwriting Exhibition

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ten centuries of manuscripts from staatsbibliothek zu berlin
Handwritten: ten centuries of manuscript treasures From Staatsbibliothek zu Berl
Date: 
26 November 2011 – 18 March 2012
Opening hours: 

Open daily
10am to 5pm 

Extended hours 2012
Open until 9pm on Thursdays
19 January to 15 March 2012
Open until 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays
2 and 3, 9 and 10 March 2012

Location: 
Exhibition Gallery
Cost: 
Free

free exhibition tickets

This extraordinary exhibition features 100 unique manuscript treasures from the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (Berlin State Library). Spanning more than 1000 years of history, the exhibition includes exquisite illuminated manuscripts, rare letters, sketches and documents and priceless musical scores, each handwritten by major figures in literature, religion, science, music, exploration and philosophy. Beethoven, Galileo, Goethe, Kafka, Michelangelo and Napoleon are just some of the many names represented in this exhibition.

From Dante’s Divine Comedy and a manuscript by Einstein, to Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore some of the most significant moments in thought and human endeavour.

The exhibition is being shown only in Canberra.

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The Handwriting Exhibition in Canberra, Australia

An email from my dear friend Bianca who lives in New South Wales, Australia.

I went firstly to see the Handwriting Exhibition with exhibits going back as far as The Venerable (Saint) Bede (673-635) to early 1900s.  Michelangelo’s handwriting was so beautiful and Marie Curies was perfectly formed. Napoleons was terrible. It was really exciting to see the handwriting of so many historically famous people. On Friday we went to see the Renaissance exhibition. The works were from the early period right through to the late period of the Renaissance. I found it most interesting to see the development from the stiff, flat expressionless figures of the early works, to the full rounded and expression filled figures of the final period. The richness of colour in the later works is amazing.
Of all the masterpieces, my favourite was by a lesser known painter, Cosme Tura ‘Madonna and Child’ (stylish in its composition, but the subtle expression of suffering on both faces reflects what is to come), plus Carlo Crivelli ‘Madonna and Child’ with all its symbolism, Bernardino Di Mariotto ‘The Lamentation of Christ’ (which(for me) could almost be a modern painting)  and Jacopo Bassano ‘Madonna and Child with the young Saint John the Baptist’ so full of tenderness and love. Andrea Solario’s ‘Ecce homo’ (Behold the man) is a small scale painting, which held me transfixed for quite some time. 
The portraits of Giovan Battista Moroni left me without words to describe them. If you can Google them, look up his painting ‘Portrait of a child of the house of Redetti’ and ‘Portrait of an old man seated’.  The exhibition is well worth seeing.
I then was able to take in an exhibition by the Australian photographer, Frank Hurley from his Antarctic collection.

 

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Publishing

 You can read E books on your PC by downloading Amazon Kindle for free.  I have thought of self publishing and it is an option for the future. As a commercial, independent self-publisher I would have to meet industry standards. This means investing in a professional editor and book design services. I would need a marketing plan and a publicity plan. I hope my books would then be placed in bookshops and on-line for sale as both print books and E books. The Internet is wonderful for writers who would normally have dusty manuscripts hidden away in their bottom drawer and can now sell their books direct to customers on Amazon or other sites.  As  writers we  have to be aware that our finished manuscript should be the best we can make it. It takes time and effort but the rewards are self-satisfaction and a genuine desire to improve our writing with each book we write. Some people are blessed with an inate ability to write while  others have to try harder. But I can assure you writing is like anything else, it becomes easier with practise. The more you write the better writer you will become. Now I’m off to have my breakfast and feed Sparky the cat.

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