Archive for January, 2012

Doctors who…

I’ve recently come across a website that may be of interest to both medics and writers. It’s called ‘Doctors Who…’ and is an initiative of Varuna, The Writers’ House in the Blue Mountains of NSW. You can see the ‘Doctors Who’ website here.

Varuna, the house, was previously owned by writers Eleanor Dark and Dr Eric Dark, a medical practitioner, hence Varuna’s interest in the link between medicine and writing – an area that I too am very interested in.

I found out about this website through a post on Twitter announcing a creative writing competition for medical students and doctors hosted by the MJA and Varuna. You can read more about this competition here, but if you want to enter, be quick as the closing date is soon. I’ve sent an entry in, even though short stories are not usually my strongest form of writing, but I need to keep sending my work out there.

There are links on the ‘Doctors Who…’ website to doctors who combine their medical work with other interests including advocacy, creativity, innovation and creativity. There are some big name writers on there, including Peter Goldsworthy and Nick Earls – worth a look.


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I’ve kept a list of all the books I’ve read in 2011, and on skimming through them, there were a few that stood out as exceptional reads. I’d love to hear of you agree or disagree with them, or if there are any that you think should be on the list…

Traitor by Stephen Daisley

The Family Law by Benjamin Law

Bereft by Chris Womersley

Past the Shallows by Favel Parrett

Rocks in the Belly by Jon Bauer

Caribou Island by David Vann (this is probably my favourite book of last year)

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes


Now I’m clearing out the 2011 books and starting a new list for 2012…


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