Eric Bogle – folk singer, songwriter

Eric Bogle, AM, is a friend of my brother, Peter Stone. It makes sense that he and my brother would be friends. Both men are ageing with great style. Through their friendship, I had the opportunity to talk with Eric, one of my favourite folk singers.

Giants walk Perth streets

The Giants have taken to Perth streets. And the Perth International Arts Festival 2015 is off to a memorable and popular start. Today, there’s a Giant Diver asleep in full gear outside the Perth Railway Station. You can get a really good view of him from the Horseshoe Bridge.

Blogging great-grandmother bursts with pride

  This blogging great-grandmother is bursting with pride.  I am truly blessed. The very beautiful Alexandra Margaret Eloise Linton burst into our lives at 10.08 a.m. on Saturday morning, 7 February 2015. She was four weeks early for her appointment with the world. She weighed 2710 grams and she’s healthy. Congratulations and thanks to Claire-Helen …

The Festival – for fun and excitement

The Fringe World Festival 2015 kicked off the major festival season in Western Australia last week. The rather more sedate Perth International Arts Festival which starts on 13 February will overlap the Fringe World Festival. It, in turn, will incorporate the Perth Writers Festival.

The List – a must-see theatre production

The List, a play by French-Canadian Jennifer Tremblay is one of the best pieces of theatre I’ve experienced for a long time. For good reason, this play ran for three weeks and received rave reviews at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Gemma Cavoli stars in Perth’s Fringe World Festival production of The List as the totally believable unnamed narrator.

Fringe World Festival –  creative boost

Fringe World Festival will run in Western Australia from 23 January to 22 February, 2015. Not usually one to hang back, I’ve been reluctant to explore the possibilities of a festival that felt so far out of my comfort zone. I might even have been heard to say that I was too old. That was …

Creativity and playfulness

Creativity and playfulness (having fun) always exist together. Children at play create. They experiment with whatever is at hand. They invent new roles and try them out. Creative people talk about ‘playing with ideas’. Artists and writers, cooks and gardeners all experiment. They try out new ways of doing things. Albert Einstein  is quoted as …

Can we nurture creativity?

Can we nurture creativity, our own or that of our children? It’s a pity we even have to ask the question. Pre-school children show intriguing powers of creativity. They invent and experiment as they play. They imagine what it would be like to be another person – Mum, Dad, teacher, doctor, ballerina, helicopter-pilot. Their drawings and paintings are free and uninhibited. …

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