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In her poem ‘Magdalene on Gethsemane’ Marie Howe narrates an imagined interaction between Mary Magdalene and Jesus of Nazareth in the Garden of Gethsemane. From Jesus’ agony on the night before his crucifixion, in the voice of the Magdalene, Howe writes: “When he was in the garden the night before And fell with his face …

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Soul Search ABC RN

Delighted to be interviewed by Meredith Lake for ABC Radio National’s Soul Search program this week. Stories from Tender and from my new book, a prayer, a plea, a bird. The section starts 19 mins and 14 seconds into this link. When you go to the link above, look for this image. I can’t replicate …

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profile of older woman

Compassion in Aged Care This story appeared in The Saturday Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, Brisbane Times and WA Today, on Saturday 12 September. Warm thanks to artist Kathy Westfold for permission to use her watercolour image. Like many families with frail elderly parents, I have been watching the unfolding COVID-19 crisis in aged care …

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Ursula

“I think hard times are coming, when we will be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now…” Ursula Le Guin

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