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2016 Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize

Being fifty-something, I know that the world’s a better place with whisky in it. And, as a writer, I know how creativity sparks in stunning, scenic environments, the more distant from the commitments and distractions of day-to-day life the better. (I give you Hannah Kent, Iceland and Burial Rites.) So, how did I not know… Continue reading 2016 Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize

good bad brilliant · health matters · inspiring folk · out and about

A whisky discovery workshop (in pursuit of longevity)

Being fifty-something, I love a story of long livedness. This past week I came across this story of Grace, a 110-year-old who is the UK’s tenth oldest person. Grace (known affectionately as Amazing Grace) credits her longevity to having had a night-cap of Famous Grouse whisky every evening for the last 60 years. Heartening stuff… Continue reading A whisky discovery workshop (in pursuit of longevity)

good bad brilliant · movies · out and about

Movie review + GIVEAWAY: The Light Between Oceans

~~UPDATE~~ GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED: WINNERS OF THE 2-FOR-1 PASSES HAVE BBEN NOTIFIED. They are Amber, Ben, Karen and Ruth. Congratulations! I will post your passes as soon as I have your postal details. Thanks to everyone! ~~Sheryl   Being fifty-something, I long ago gave up believing that nothing dramatic ever happens in an isolated setting.… Continue reading Movie review + GIVEAWAY: The Light Between Oceans

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Touring the Great Ocean Road icons (after thirty-something years)

Being fifty-something, I love journeying back through time, revisiting places woven into my past. When I was in my late teens, the Great Ocean Road was a rite of passage: a destination for every newly licensed driver and a carload of their friends. We lived (and still do) within an hour’s drive of the sweeping coastal… Continue reading Touring the Great Ocean Road icons (after thirty-something years)

bookishness · inspiring folk · out and about

Ancient Rain with Paul Kelly + Camille O’Sullivan

Being fifty-something, I love an experience anchored by a moment in history. A happening my future self can align to something important. It’s a variation on “where I was when …” the twin towers collapsed/John Lennon was shot/the Berlin wall came down. My future self will now remember the day I saw Ancient Rain as the… Continue reading Ancient Rain with Paul Kelly + Camille O’Sullivan