When No One Is Watching, by Linathi Makanda: Aching poems of love and hurt

The poetry of Linathi Makanda is both universal and about searing personal experiences. I think each reader will find something here that particularly resonates for themselves. Often poems can each be read as stand alone experiences whether or not they are linked with others. This compilation cries out to be read as one poem and journey. ‘Love Rising’ The four parts begin with ‘Love Rising’ … Continue reading When No One Is Watching, by Linathi Makanda: Aching poems of love and hurt

Climate Change: A Bear Wouldn’t Do That

Professor Caddy was  looking at the news one day, as bears do when no one is about. She was puzzled. “How completely baffling”     “However did they manage to do that?”   “It wasn’t us bears who did it. We can’t even count to 170. “.  ‘ A Bear Wouldn’t Do That’ by Mark O’Dwyer. All sources are acknowledged. Continue reading Climate Change: A Bear Wouldn’t Do That

BeeBear Flies to Lady Elliot Island on The Great Barrier Reef

Three years ago BeeBear spent two amazing days and nights at Lady Elliot Island , a coral quay on the south end of The Great Barrier Reef. The island has featured on an episode of David Attenborough’s TV series, Great Barrier Reef because it is a conservation success story.  Beebear took her people along to show them all that good work. Also, for a little holiday. Where is … Continue reading BeeBear Flies to Lady Elliot Island on The Great Barrier Reef

A Bear Wouldn’t Do That. Oh, no, not these bears

Meet Professor Cadbeary (Caddy), and her friends Gustave and Bomund. These brave bears are prepared to read about some of the awful things that People do. It’s a miserable job for any bear, but someone has to do it. Here at ‘A Bear Wouldn’t Do That’, our trio are bewildered that anyone would imprison refugee kids or pollute the ocean with plastics or heat it … Continue reading A Bear Wouldn’t Do That. Oh, no, not these bears

Who is this Writer-Bear named Mawson? He is a pondering author for our befuddled times

Do you sometimes feel a bit muddled about, well, Things ? Sometimes rather ruffled when Things just go and, well, Happen ? Sometimes feel confused one moment and completely baffled the next? It’s not easy being Grownup. All this business of having to be sophisticated and industrious all day long! It just wears you down. But when you arrive in Mawson’s cosy world, the frazzled … Continue reading Who is this Writer-Bear named Mawson? He is a pondering author for our befuddled times

Books With Pictures In Them: Of course they are for Grownups

Everyone loves pictures. Seen the ‘motion pictures’ lately? Watched the telly? Got prints up on your walls? Of course! We crave pictures. Why then the bizarre notion that Books With Pictures In Them are only for little people? Illustrated books are for GROWNUPS too. And when you buy such a book you get to enjoy the skill and craft of the writer and also of … Continue reading Books With Pictures In Them: Of course they are for Grownups

The Ivory Gate: Bk II of the Ashes of Olympus, by Julian Barr

‘This is no game ..  Zeus means for the Trojan bloodline to join that of the Latins. His empire will mean starvation for all gods. Go now. Shatter the peace, turn brother against brother.’ Hera to Athena and Ares.  In The Way Home, the first book of The Ashes of Olympus trilogy, the survivors of Troy flee the Greeks and take to the wind dark sea to … Continue reading The Ivory Gate: Bk II of the Ashes of Olympus, by Julian Barr