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How ‘Durra Durra’ got its name.

How ‘Durra Durra’ got its name.

A sample chapter from Durra Durra by J.A. Wells: One evening, during their exploration along the river, Hume and Hovell happened upon a bend, where the stream was wide and strong, tumbling over rocks and boulders. It looked a likely spot to set up camp and they pitched the tents for the night. In the morning, Hume woke early and went to the riverbank to wash and shave. While he balanced his mirror on a rock, he caught site, in the reflection, a group of aborigines watching him.…

Lee Miller: out spoken woman of her time

Lee Miller: out spoken woman of her time

Ronald Fry and Mervyn Watson, our main protagonists in my jolly jaunt, The Merry Millionaire, have a remarkable habit of being exactly at the right place at the right time. Knowing their liking for pre dinner tipples, they happen to be present at an auspicious moment which has since gone down in the annals of hotel legend. The night the male bastion of the Long Bar at Cairo’s Shepheard’s Hotel is invaded by two females for the first and only time in its history.…

Ron and Mervyn, here and now.

Putting your novel in time and place: Had it not been for the E-resources of the State Library of New South Wales, my latest novel, The Merry Millionaire would hardly possess the depth of historical accuracy that it does.Ronald Fry, my principle character and protagonist in the story finds his day entirely incomplete should he fail to open the pages of The Times at least once. As a result, since the majority of this gay, rollicking travel adventure takes place on luxury ocean liners, sumptuous Egyptian express trains and opulent oriental hotels, the opportunity to find a current copy is most difficult and highly unlikely. Consequently, when Ron manages to get his hands on a Times, be it two days or even a week old, he hungrily pours over it like a schoolboy devouring The Hotspur weekly.…

Just a little teaser of a work in progress

Just a little teaser of a work in progress

Foreword: “But what’s it mean, Di? Where’s the contrast?” said John, leaning over my shoulder in his usual manner, “It just needs a darker green tone in the foliage, and the stone ledges need another shadow within the shadows. Use the burnt umber and the ultramarine blue to make the grey, and then the whole painting will come together nicely.” It was Thursday again, and this time the venue was Sydney’s Botanic Gardens. To be honest I have never been much of a horticulturalist, having been surrounded all my working life by either the security glass of a teller desk, or the sterile environment of internet technology offices, the only semblance of nature being the addition of my friend ………….. ‘s Spider Plant, or Chlorophytum comosum, as I am now aware of its Latin name.…

Gillingham, Kent – Here goes! My first post

Gillingham, Kent – Here goes! My first post

A post-card from the UK: There’s nothing like a new project to get your teeth into as I mention on my latest post on my JA Wells Author Blog: Hi everyone! Welcome to my first post on my new JA Wells Author blog, and my first ever on any blog as a matter of fact, except I’m given to understand that Facebook is one BIG blog, so if that’s the case I’ll be able to breeze around here like a dream. The last few days have been electrifying as my dear friend, co-proofer and mentor, Diane Challenor, and I have been brainstorming in order we get my JA Wells Author website and blog finally live. I’m in the UK at present on a flying visit to my family and since I’m staying at my mother’s house in Kent and consequently without Wifi, all correspondence between Di and myself, she in Sydney and me in the wilds of Kent, has been by text.…