Category Archives: About writing

New year’s inspiration

To see in the New Year, I’ve been reading the marvellous and thought-provoking memoir by Tim Winton: The boy behind the curtain. Am particularly enjoying his muscular descriptive passages that bring the Aussie landscape to life, such as driving across the … Continue reading

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About distractions

Found this marvellous description from the poet Mary Oliver of how easy it is to be distracted as a writer: It is a silver morning like any other. I am at my desk. Then the phone rings, or someone raps … Continue reading

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They’re reading my book in the UK

I have had the loveliest email from James Watson, a teacher in the UK: Hello Tina, I am a Year 3 teacher in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England and my class is currently working on a writing project surrounding your book, The … Continue reading

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Writing about Life

I’ve just finished a great ‘memoir’ style book that reminds me that you don’t have to think of memoir as starting at the beginning and sketching in one’s whole life … H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald is about a young … Continue reading

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Eileen Myles

I’ve just discovered this wonderful American poet, Eileen Myles: WHAT TREE AM I WAITING That whole part of the world where I won’t go any- more that whole separation that I won’t feel high in this house in this hemisphere … Continue reading

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Landfall review of TCP

A wonderful review of my novel The Children’s Pond has just gone onto Landfall Review Online http://www.landfallreview.com David Herkt comments: Shaw is always more than she seems as a novelist, going the extra distance. An attentive reader will find the novel filled … Continue reading

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On creativity

Some pertinent comments from Kevin Ashton, author of How to Fly a Horse: The secret history of creation, invention, and discovery: “The people who are truly passionate, truly engaged and incredibly persistent and take lots of small steps by showing up … Continue reading

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Where ideas come from?

Writerly thoughts from Pulitzer Prize winning poet Mark Strand who died in November 2014:  “One of the amazing things about what I do is you don’t know when you’re going to be hit with an idea, you don’t know where … Continue reading

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‘What are the biggest lessons you’ve learnt from your failures?’

Failure is something many writers come up against time and again, so I was interested to read this response from young Australian artist Gemma Jones: “That a knock-back stings, but it doesn’t really injure you. That I sometimes live in … Continue reading

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Finally, a positive article on publishing

From The Economist, a marvellous essay on books and publishing. Here are a few quotes: ‘… to see technology purely as a threat to books risks missing a key point. Books are not just “tree flakes encased in dead cow”, … Continue reading

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