Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird. Some Instructions on Writing and Life – one of the best books I have read this year

Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird. Some Instructions on Writing and Life Published in Australia in 2008 by Scribe. First published in 1994, 237p Bird by Bird is my first Anne Lamott reading experience; and probably because I had no expectations it simply fascinated me. It is well-written, very honest, delighting by its simplicity of style… Continue reading Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird. Some Instructions on Writing and Life – one of the best books I have read this year

Mem Fox on the importance of reading aloud to children

Mem Fox, Reading Magic. How your child can learn to read before school – and other read-aloud miracles. Illustrations by Judi Horacek Published 2001 by Pan Macmillan Australia, 156p   Einstein once told the story of a woman who’d asked what she could do to make her son more intelligent. “Read him fairy stories”, he… Continue reading Mem Fox on the importance of reading aloud to children

The Japanese concept of Ma or the sound of silence

Katrina Goldsaito, The Sound of Silence. Illustrated by Julia Kuo Published 2016 by Little, Brown and Company, 40p The Japanese have a beautiful concept of silence – Ma. It defines the pause between sounds, the moments of quietness in music, conversation and storytelling. The Japanese embraced the concept even in their lifestyle, valuing minimalism and… Continue reading The Japanese concept of Ma or the sound of silence

The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers: a meditation on the importance of books for intellectual development and the need to filter the everyday information

Oliver Jeffers, The Incredible Book Eating Boy Published 2006 by Harper Collins, 32 p   Following Oliver Jeffers’s literary activity I understood one significant thing – no matter what he writes about, at a certain point he will return to writing about books, about their essential significance in our lives and about the way they… Continue reading The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers: a meditation on the importance of books for intellectual development and the need to filter the everyday information