In Search of Story ... 

Why in search of story? I'm a writer, I love words and the images they make. So I blog about my never-ending search for stories ... from my own country of Australia to Europe, and home again ... from first idea, to drafts and edits, to published book. 

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November 24, 2016

I started this blog to share my experiences travelling Europe as a writer in search of story, and researching for two novels that I'm writing. One, an historical coming-of-age and quest story set in Venice in the 18th Century is for for older children and any readers w...

November 17, 2016

The Four Seasons of Caterina

Extract....

Chapter 7

The next month passed without incident – no ruffianos to worry about and no red-haired stranger staring at her across the Piazzetta. It was as if Venice was drawing breath in anticipation of the Fèsta de ƚa Sènsa when Ven...

November 15, 2016

The past seven weeks have gone like a flash ... and now I'm home and rearing to finish my novel. This was the main reason we travelled to Italy and I'm so grateful for the opportunity to follow my instincts about going to the source - Venice. The Four Seasons of Cateri...

November 10, 2016

We wake up here in Rome to the news Trump is to be US President ... and like most others I have an opinion on that turn of events. But I don't want to dwell on the dark fear filling many hearts in America and across the world ... that's why this post focuses back on my...

November 7, 2016

I knew it was a special place to visit, but early this year when I booked the small-group tour of the famous Vasari Corridor, they closed it because the Florence Fire Department considered it a risk to life and art ... art, because its walls are filled with a priceless...

November 4, 2016

Today was a good day to be in Florence ... the 50th Anniversary of the terrible floods of 1966. Like Venice's destructive huge tide on the same day fifty years ago, Florence's Arno River burst its banks, rising 11 to 12 metres above its level.

Across the region, floods...

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