Posts by Anni

Women Rising

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Women across the world rose in solidarity once more this International Women’s Day. This year the UN Women’s theme is ‘Empowering women, Empowering Humanity’. Improving health, education, work and peace in women’s lives benefits families, organisations and nations. This month, March 2015, marks twenty years since the first Beijing Women’s Conference and its global Declaration for Action. The…

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The Colour of Hope

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Green is the colour of hope – of growth and renewal. It’s the colour of nature, of ferns and fecundity, in all its hues from emerald to chartreuse. My favourite colour has always been green, as far back as I can remember as a child, from when I chose green over pink for my first puffed sleeve party…

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Book Life

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I’ve just bought a large box of books. Weight and space prevented me from buying more. I had to limit myself to what would fit into my box on wheels – a yellow plastic cube with detachable wheels and an extendible handle. I used to take a jaunty back-pack to work, then moved to a smart faux-leather computer…

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Imaging Isabella

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There’s a growing interest in discovering our past and the way we all are connected to extended families. Maybe the rapid change and uncertainty of current life increases our longing for roots in the past that aren’t going to shift. Perhaps the interest stems from the increase in knowledge about genetics and epigenetics, the links between nature and nurture, and…

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Another Year Over

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Another year over, a new one to come … as John Lennon’s eponymous Christmas song of peace goes … and what have you done? I wish we could say that war is over, as he does on his lyrics, but human beings keep bumbling on. I’ve been reading the Dalia Lama’s plea for a secular ethics in his…

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Girl Power

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Research shows that supporting the development of girls, through improving their education and health, has a long term ripple effect on the wellbeing of their families and communities. For a girl in poverty, even an extra year of schooling can boost her eventual income by 10 to 25% and education delays her age of marriage and number of…

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Can academics write well?

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This week is Queensland Writers’ Week, supported by the Queensland Writers Centre, with the aim of highlighting conversations about writing across all genres, including academia. As academics, we want our writing to engage our potential audience so they understand and are moved by what we write. Whether they are challenged, astonished, outraged or inspired, we hope that our…

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Reaching Tin River Again

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I’ve returned to Thea Astley’s 1990 book ‘Reaching Tin River,’ compelled to search my bookshelves for it after reading the opening of Julian Barnes’ book ‘The Sense of an Ending’. Both books begin with a list of images – possible openings – all later revealed as pivotal to their respective stories. Both lists startle, disorientate and lure the…

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