Gillian Polack

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Coffee break

I have written a fairy story suitable for our times. Aussies who want to buy themselves a coffee break, simply put some money in my paypal & send me your address. I’ll post you the story and one of my special recipes for something delectable to have with your coffee. If you’d rather receive your …

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Not Being Alone

My site is going to move, so this is the last post for a little. I’ve decided to keep the blog active, because it’s been so much fun this month, so as soon as the move is complete, I’ll add to this series if there’s still a need for it. You need lots of good …

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Women’s History Month guest, Zena Shapter

Women’s History Month is nearly at an end. It’s an appropriate time to have another reflective piece, this time from Australian writer Zena Shapter. When we’re alive, we’re making history. Whether that history gets remembered is based on some complex factors. Awards matter, the amount of time and money spent by the publisher on publicity …

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Not Being Alone

The wonderful thing about printed books is they go back hundreds of years. While in a perfect world we can all buy new boks (and I could make a living from my own) in the real world not everyone has that kind of income. For lovers of SF, here is some out of copyright literature …

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Women’s History Month guest, Louise Zedda Sampson

One of the themes emerging this month is that we have to research aspects of women’s lives that are overlooked and that we should talk about them and that we should research and read, and then research and read some more. Louise Zedda Sampson looks at this from the perspective of cricket. It’s very reassuring. …

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Not Being Alone

Another historical site. Here you can explore some of the legacies of the slave trade. https://www.ucl.ac.uk/lbs/

Women’s History Month guest, Janeen Webb

Have you noticed that this year quite a few historians are sharing stories about their work and their work relates to their forthcoming or new novels? More and more historians are writing fiction. Or, to look at it from the other direction, more and more published authors are also historians. Janeen Webb is not a …

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Women’s History Month guest, Madeleine Robins

Something writers see in each other behind the scenes a lot, things that we confess when we are maudlin drunk or beyond tired, include deep personal reflections on critical subjects. This stuff is part of story, but not obvious in story. Madeleine Robins’ writing is easier to read because her thinking is so sophisticated, but …

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Not Being Alone

This site is an archive – it’s not being updates. It’s still a wonderful place to explore. It’s a nice approach to seeing how people are part of history, I tink. https://archives.history.ac.uk/people-in-place/index.html

Women’s History Month guest, P.G. Nagle

Pati Nagle is an enviably talented writer. She crosses genre boundaries with ease, a writing superpower. It didn’t surprise me at all that she chose to write this month about a woman who also crossed boundaries. Far more difficult and quite dangerous boundaries. It’s so much easier to stay in one place and be someone …

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