Category Archives: Stories & Content

Short Story. ‘Berlin Daze’

Excerpt from short story. ‘Berlin Daze’.  Published 2013.  NT Literary Awards Publication

Shortlisted.  Northern Territory Literary Awards.  Charles Darwin University Travel Category.

“…My new friends in Berlin welcomed me warmly.  My German crept along, as we blew the dust off their English.  An old friend I came to be with was kind and patient as she translated so much between me and everyone else.  We drank Radlers, and moved from one plate of Spargel to the next.  We walked and walked.  We drove laps of Kreuzberg looking for new and interesting cafes, and I looked longingly at Görlitzer Park – wanting a day with a book in the grass.  But waking in the afternoon and moving blearily through the week made any kinds of outings seem too much. Tomorrow I’d say, and then wouldn’t go.

Sunlight streamed down upon Unter Den Linden.  Tourists rumbled over it, many with no sense of it.  I would see them with their cameras and my mind would fill with black and white images of women picking vegetables in this very place.  Back when Pariser Platz fed a starving city.  Back when the zoo animals roamed the streets.  I wondered what music people played when the wall came down.  It’s always urban, pop music, bouncy and joyous in my imaginings – music for dancing and squealing to.   But then I read about a man with a violin, how when the wall came down he played for the people, tears streaming down his cheeks, and I imagined this was in a less graffitied part of…”

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Always believe. Always.

I always wanted to write.  I always loved writing.  But NEVER, when I was a child, did I know it was an actual job. That I could DO.  Never did I think I could ‘be a writer’.

Jarret J. Krosoczka’s recent TED talk shares his inspiring story and reminds us that sometimes the thing we are searching hardest for, is right in front of us.

He’s made it to my list of everyday heroes.

Check out his work, blog, and books online at Studio JJK

INdi Loves Girls

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I am thrilled to be collaborating with this fabulous online magazine/creative agency and will periodically select from the vast amount of cool stuff iNdi is covering and share it here.

In the meantime, you should find them, follow them, and love them on a regular basis.

I do and it’s well worth it.

Today I’ve shared my most recent pop cult love with them.

So now, iNdi Loves: Lena Dunham’s Girls too.


		
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In a trance of U-Bahn love

This is my Berlin. This is the Berlin in my mind as I rocket around on the U-bahn. Three of my fave things of 2012 – Berlin, trance and the glorious works of art that are the U-bahn stations. This video makes me want to weep at the thought of leaving Berlin.

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Berlin Collective Workshop – ‘Writing for Creatives’ with Melinda Barlow. Berlin Sept 2012

This workshop will consist of 2 x 2 hour classes and give participants the opportunity to explore the role of writing in their work.  You will take part in a number of exercises of 5 – 15 minutes duration each.  At least half the workshop will be practical writing time, and the rest will be made up of discussion, questions and feedback.

The choice to pursue a creative career is a brave one, and it is rare that creatives actually reflect on the act of making this choice.  This workshop aims to explore the creative experience through a series of writing exercises, and by providing some techniques to allow artists to maintain artistic creative reflection, and document their artistic life.

For more information about registering for this workshop see http://berlincollective.de/study-abroad/workshops

ImageIMAGE © MELINDA BARLOW

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