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Graffiti Moon launch

July 31st, 2010
Category: Cath Crowley, new releases

Not this weekend, but next weekend – Sunday 8 August – is the official launch of Graffiti Moon. Come along and raise a glass to toast this wonderful book’s arrival on the shelves. Gabrielle Wang is doing the launch, and the hosts are the lovely peeps from The Younger Sun book shop. I can’t wait!

actual book in actual shop

July 28th, 2010
Category: news

Everyone is very welcome to come along to the launch of Six Impossible Things. It’s happening tomorrow – thursday – at Readings, Hawthorn at 6pm. You probably won’t be quite as shocked as I was to see this – but somehow there’s this book in the physical world, something that existed only in my head, on the screen, and on piles of scribbled-on paper for such a long time. And speaking of launches, I’ll be posting details of the Graffiti Moon launch tomorrow…

eat, complain, walk

July 25th, 2010
Category: food

We had dinner with old friends. We had risotto with pumpkin and sage and prosciutto.
We talked about the kids and lamented the lack of idealism in this election campaign, while acknowledging that even an increasingly conservative labor government too influenced by what Robert Manne calls ‘the new school of focus group driven, ideas-free members of the New South Wales right-wing Labor machine’ is a vastly lesser evil than the prospect of a Tony Abbott conservative government.

We ate leftover rhubarb and raspberries and rosemary flowers in the morning.

I walked on the beach with the J-man and just missed seeing a pterodactyl walking its dog.

eat, write, cook

July 22nd, 2010
Category: food

I said in the last post that I’m not going to be actually reviewing books in this blog. But I will talk about books and writing. And about what I’m enjoying reading. And I’ll also talk a bit about food. One of the things I love reading in other people’s blogs is their food writing. Kate at bean there, read that talks about good coffee, and breakfast, Charlotte Wood at how to shuck an oyster writes about her kitchen adventures. And it was Charlotte writing about cauliflower here and here that prompted this salad. It was so easy and delicious and here is the recipe.
Put a halved and de-seeded red capsicum in the oven to roast. Chop one cauliflower into small florets. Blanch for a couple of minutes. Drain well. Fry until golden in some olive oil with a couple of smashed garlic cloves. Tip cauliflower into a serving dish to cool a little. Remove garlic. Peel and cut capsicum into strips. Add. Toss in a handful of chopped mint and one of chopped flat leaf parsley. And about a quarter of a thinly sliced red onion. Add a teaspoon of dried crushed chili and plenty of salt and pepper. Dress with a good slurp of olive oil and same quantity of Maggie Beer vino cotto. Garnish with some chopped dry-roasted almonds. Eat. Yum. For me, cooking is a great way to write. Doing stuff with your hands allows your mind to wander away to some other place and get on with writing work. And ps photographing food? Tricky. Particularly when people want to eat it. No, go away, not yet, I’m photographing it…

graffiti moon

July 18th, 2010
Category: Cath Crowley, new releases

I’m lucky enough to be in possession of an early copy of Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley. And I’ve read it. And I loved it. This isn’t going to be a blog in which I review books. So I’ll just say that Graffiti Moon investigates the space between dreams and reality, and what happens when those two things have to look each other in the eye. It’s a story about love, growing up and letting go that unfolds over the course of one hot Melbourne night. And that’s all I’m going to say. Now you need to read it!