Canberra Snippets

a website by Geri Bryant-Badham

Category: Writing

Stack of books

Books

It’s impossible to compile a list of favourite books but here’s a few:

  • My Place by academic Sally Morgan outlines aspects of her life, but in particular, events in the lives of her Aboriginal ancestors in Western Australia and exploitation at the hands of white station owners and pastoralists;
  • Chloe Hooper’s The Tall Man: Death and Life on Palm Island details day-to-day events and important legal issues and trials related to the tragic death of Cameron Doomadgee on Queensland’s Palm Island;
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (awarded the 2014 Man Booker Prize) focuses on the experiences of Australian Prisoner of War, Dorrigo Evans, and is based on Flanagan’s father, Arch as well as the sacrifices of Dr Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop.
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Obituaries

Dating back to the 18th-century, in England, America and Australia, obituaries seemed to have gone in and out of fashion, perhaps in line with media outlets’ budgets. What is divulged and the writing styles have also varied, with Americans more likely to be frank and colourful. As Nigel Starck (whose doctoral studies covered many aspects of obituaries) noted in The Canberra Times [Panorama], August 24, 2002, American newsrooms are better resourced and they often receive payment for obituaries where families and friends spend large sums on these columns.  … Read more.

Language

Stories abound about the demise of the print media as circulations shrink and readers gravitate to social media. Writing in the Sydney Morning Herald in 2013 about having kicked her four-newspapers-a-day habit, journalist, Anne Summers, described digital as “less about news and more about knowledge”. But whether about knowledge or news, many people still like the language and style of the long form, and find that some social media writers are lackadaisical when it comes to content, attention to detail, grammar and style.  … Read more.

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