31 May Fifty Memories of Samoa for Fifty Years of Independence

Flags flying in Samoa for Independence. Photo by Leone Samu.Today Samoa marks the 50th anniversary of achieving Independence. For me, the story of Samoa's last fifty years is also my family's story because my parents were married in 1962 and they celebrate their fiftieth wedding...

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12 May Tattoo Time: Digby Ioane

Last week, some super fabulous, super famous rugby players came out to support the Brisbane Launch of the Telesa book. It was great to have their vote of confidence for this fiery Pacific novel so of course, we should have one of them for our...

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08 May A Day in the Life of a (Slightly Demented) Author/Blogger

(An alternate title for this blogpost would be: "Why You should Never trust Book Deadlines from Authors who have Five Children, especially disorganized, chaotic authors - because their books will ALWAYS be Late. Always.")A Typical MondayI get up at 5.30am, which I absolutely hate doing,...

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19 Apr Telesa – The Creation Story

There are many tellings of the Creation Story in Pacific mythology. To celebrate my birthday (yay!), I'm sharing this piece from 'When Water Burns': the Creation Story - according to Telesa legend. If you've ever wondered about the origins of these fierce protectors of the...

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