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Chloe: The Vincent van Gogh Connection

The untold “female” history of Chloe, the nude artwork by French artist Jules Joseph Lefebvre, was the inspiration for my doctoral project, and a new novel-length work of historical fiction. This beautiful painting, which has hung at Young and Jackson Hotel in Melbourne for over a century, has been igniting the imagination of admirers ever…

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Inside the mind of Emily Sun: West Australian writer and poet

Emily Sun is a West Australian writer and poet living on Whadjuk Noongar country. I first met Emily in a draughty corridor at Murdoch University while we were completing our postgraduate studies. We are now firm friends and writing buddies, and Emily’s talent and enthusiasm for her craft is a constant source of inspiration. Her…

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The Birds and Bees of a Book-lover’s Garden

It’s been a blustery old week in Perth, but between the squalls, grey skies and showers, a few hours of winter sunshine warmed our rain-soaked garden. We have planted native West Australian trees and shrubs to attract insects and birds to our plot of suburbia, so it was a thrill to observe the buzzing activity…

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Cockatoo Dreaming: The Inspiration for “Capturing Chloe.”

In his Timaeus and Theaetetus dialogues, Plato explores a conflation between dreaming and consciousness, and the notion that dreams may be a form of storytelling. It is easy to find examples of authors who have drawn inspiration from dreams, including Mary Shelley and Frankenstein, Robert Louis Stevenson with Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and the…

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