Dark Shadows


On Tuesday, 31st July 6-7pm at Newtown Library I shall be talking with the lovely Gayle Donaldson. The event is called Talking Heads and is a combined Better Read Than Dead bookshop and Newtown Library event.

If you would like to come along please reserve a seat HERE.

Some topics I imagine we’ll be covering: mysteries, Enid Blyton, Agatha Christie, Daphne du Maurier, fantasy writing, crime writing, publishing, Tasmania, sea-fishing villages, families, bohemians, secrets, Johnny Depp. If you’re interested in any of these – or you feel like a free chat and a warm place to sit – don’t make yourself a stranger.

There are limited seats so please reserve as early as you can. Would love to meet you!

Here’s my reply to a question the Hoopla asked me regarding a heated discussion at the Sydney Writers Festival on literary awards going to books that readers can’t or don’t read due to inaccessible content. This came about as a comment from a panel Stella Rimington hosted where literary critics became worked up when she said literary awards should be given to books which are readable.

I’m paraphrasing the debate as I didn’t go to the Sydney Writer’s Festival because I was too busy writing. But I did add my piece to the Hoopla which you can find HERE.

Last night Art School Annie dragged me away from my edit to see Dark Shadows. Wow!! This move was so much better than I expected. Let’s not mention the last 15 minutes which really sort of sucked huge-time. But the rest of it was Tim Burton in fine form. The scene with Johnny and the hippies is sooo good and worth the price of the movie. I love that combination of horror and comedy and it really brought to mind the Manson family with the innocence of the late 60s, early 70s era when you could break bread with a vampire in the woods and not realise that of course he’s going to kill you. And I’m so in love with Michelle Pfeiffer (who gets better with age) in her 70s gear and jewellery. Michelle said in an interview that her sister-in-law made the jewellery for the movie.

I’ve never really come out of the 70s. It’s one of my favourite eras and so this movie was heaven for me. Tim Burton, 70s fashion, hippies, vampires, sea-fishing villages, Helena Bonham Carter, Alice Cooper and of course, Johnny Depp.

A perfect movie. Here’s a track from Dark Shadows to glide up all feeling groovy into the weekend. Thank you for visiting me. xx

2 Responses

  1. pinry May 26, 2012 / 11:57 pm

    hello lovely! sorry i haven’t dropped in for a while – lots of ills and chills around here! so pleased poet’s is bring reprinted, and your event sounds fab – would love to go if iwas in sydney. and i’m happy to see your review of dark shadows, it’s intrigued me for a while now, but i hadn’t heard anything about it. it sounds great fun. hope you are well and the writing shed is cosy! jxxx

    • josephinetalepeddler May 27, 2012 / 9:44 am

      Hello Dear Jennifer, I’m always thinking of you even when I’m not actually writing to you. The writing shed is cosy although I’m a total Nanna at the moment with a hot water bottle in there writing away. I am loving the chilly snap in Sydney. So sorry to hear you have had ills. Hope nothing is too serious with the tribe. I still have your book to post. I am a total shocker and have a long list of tasks to work through but have been so busy trying to get through this edit. I never forget although I’m very slow. Thanks for your good cheers on the reprint. Hopefully the book sellers will continue to re-order which will make me a happy tale peddler. Take Care and big love as always. I imagine you are knitting happily away.Goodness, we do sound like a right pair of Nannas now. I keep thinking I should try to fix up my scarf I started for David last year and was meant to be the easiest project ever with knitting and it’s a total disaster. The thing took on a life of its own and is really about as long as my hallway and nobody could possibly want to wear it. It looks like a scarf for the house, actually rather than a person. xx

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