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Marginalia: a blog

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Marginalia: a blog

Starting Up

The kind of day where you find yourself stuck to a keyboard in the thrall of technology as you decide — in a fit of madness — to change the template of your website. Oh yes, dear reader, that was me today. And, of course, the smart and shiny new WordPress template for which I

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Looking back

I read a good piece this morning from Cory Doctorow who has been blogging every day for what seems like the beginning of blog-time well, 20 years anyway. Here’s Cory’s post about what he does – full of amazing information about how he does it, and why. One thing that caught my eye was his

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Following your passion? Don’t.

Some time ago I wrote a post here that discussed developing a career as a young artist. I drew on a lot of sources, books, conversations, and thinking time in putting it together. I ran it by some young artists for a beta-test before publishing, and it’s since become quite a popular piece. One of

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Keep Your Hook Baited

Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish. Ovid There is no plan. Daniel Pink – The Adventures of Johnny Bunko I’m often asked by about-to-graduate performing arts students (mostly actors) for advice on how to go about developing a

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Yr Loving Daughter, Katie Hume

In 2005, the Toowoomba Literary Society asked me to give an address to their November meeting. Here it is. I called it “Giving Voice to the Darling Downs letters of Anna Kate Fowler Hume 1866-1871.” Drayton, 18th February 1870 My dearest Alice,Very many thanks for your nice long letter of November 19, which I received

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Spring Cleaning on Winter Solstice Day

Possibly because I have neglected doing it for so long, and because I now have some time, today’s job was to tidy up the disgusting piles of old paper which are much-beloved of silverfish, I see. Among them were gnawed copies (what else has been living in these piles of paper, I wonder) of talks

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Directing at a (safe) distance: MACBETH IN THE DARK

Some months ago, I watched David Berthold interview the great director Peter Sellars. Among other things, Sellars noted the possible upsides of the pandemic. “There’s an upside?” I wondered. But Sellars said something which I’ve kept front and centre in my thinking for the past almost 6 months: “The virus is our teacher.”  Those five

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