A NEW LIFE JOURNAL ON LIFE MATTERS
For those who asked, here’s the link to the interview with Natasha Mitchell on the ABC Radio National Program Life Matters about my book A New Life Journal.
Thanks very much to producer Tracey Trompf who was so generous with her time in preparing me for the interview.
My name is spelled wrongly in the link but they got it right on the website. If this link doesn’t work, please go straight to the ABC Life Matters website and you’ll see it there.
If you would like to order the book, you can do so through Amazon or other online book traders. It is not available in bookshops as I self-published through Trafford, which has since been taken over by Partridge, a division of Penguin.
I published the book as a gift for my daughter’s 21st birthday and my son’s 29th, but I am also hoping that those Age readers who were original fans of the column might buy the book for nostalgia and perhaps pass it to the next generation of mothers.
Please let me know if you order it. Feel free to review it or to alert me to any reviews.
A MOTHER’S DAY TO REMEMBER
My daughter, Greta, joined me in Sydney to celebrate Mother’s Day, the interview about the book, and the show Mothers, which made it perhaps the most memorable Mother’s Day so far. (My son, Johannes, was in Toronto and later New York, touring with the Helen Shanahan band – see link here and photo below.)
Mothers was a show that celebrated motherhood in all its forms. It was a big success thanks to the hard work of Joy Roberts,who produced it under the auspice of her production company Improvising Change, in association with the Mamapalooza Festival and the Sydney-based Actors Anonymous Incorporated.
The show’s writers were an eclectic mix of published authors and mums (and one fella!) , including Serena Kirby, Kate Toon, Kathryn Yuen, Peter Shelley, Michelle Wood, Chantal Harrison – and me. The actors and directors were also a mix of professional and non-professionals, who all donated their time and talents. Many thanks to Rowena McNicol, (see picture below) who performed my piece beautifully, and to Erin Gordon for her wonderful direction.
Mothers raised more than $1000 for the Gidget Foundation to help mothers suffering from post-natal depression.
Above: Mother’s Day selfie! – Me and Greta
Below, Johannes (far left) with Helen Shanahan band at the Bitter End, New York’s oldest rock n’ roll club, in the heart of Greenwich Village. Established in 1961, it has featured artists as diverse as Bob Dylan, Norah Jones, Stevie Wonder and Lady Gaga. We were able to watch the performance via a live stream from the Bitter End website. I felt like I should be wearing black and drinking red rather than sitting on the couch in my dressing gown with a coffee.
Below: Sydney actor Rowena McNicol, as Catherine, in my monologue For When She Comes, from the show.
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