Category «Writers & Friends»

eulogy: gerald william mcgowan 1936-2021

I was asked to provide a three minutely eulogy for my father at the church service for his funeral: Gerald, my father, was born in North Sydney in 1936, into a period of human history on the verge of amazing expansion. He attended Saint Aloysius Primary School in Milson’s Point and then went to Saint …

review: our colourful world by ling dingnian

Over Chinese New Year this year, I received as a gift a copy of a book called Our Colourful World. It’s a collection of 54 short stories by mainland Chinese writer, Ling Dingnian. On the cover of the book, he, or perhaps his publisher, describes his writings as mini-novels. That really doesn’t translate well into …

kazan – capital with a k – i remember

I so enjoyed watching the Australian Soccer team play France in Kazan in their first game of World Cup 2018. I visited Kazan in 2001 and remember it as a wonderful regional Russian city even then. The day after Australia played France, I heard sports commentator Francis Leach talking on the radio about how Kazan …