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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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Storied Journey

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Shared stories connect us as human beings. Stories can soothe sorrows or excite passion, spark creativity and foster dreams.  Jung described myths, stories shared across cultures and eons, as the collective unconsciousness of humanity.  From Greek, through Persian, Nordic and Celtic myths, to present day novels and blogs, archetypal stories re-appear: the mother, the hero/ine, the wanderer, the…

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Sweet Dreams

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Sweet dreams are made of ….. what? Even Annie Lennox of the Eurhythmics wasn’t quite sure. Although her comment that ‘everybody’s looking for something’ may hold some clues, according to the latest take on Freudian dream theory from South African neuropsychologist, Professor Mark Solms. He was drawing on new neuroscientific research about the function of dreams.I heard Professor…

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Memory, Story and Place

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‘Landscape and Memory,’ historian Simon Schama’s poetic  tome,  journeys into the spatial world of the natural and built environment, through temporal vistas  of history and myth. He maintains that ‘before it can ever be a repose for the senses, landscape is a work of the mind … built up as much from strata of memory as from layers…

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Homecoming

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Travel and homecoming are intertwined – in myth, stories and experience. From Homer’s Odyssey to Plato’s cave, ancient stories highlight that return from travel can allow the familiarity of home and everyday life to be seen anew, with fresh eyes. In modern times, authors have drawn on variations of  the travel and homecoming  theme, from James Campbell’s Hero’s…

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Travelling On

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“The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.” The opening lines of ‘The Go-Between’ by LP Hartley, describes a man in his mid-sixties reminiscing whilst pouring through a box of mementos. As a child who lived her life in books, I’ve always loved the idea of travel – through time and space – going back in…

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