The Sahara arrives in Fuerteventura

A Calima hits the Canary Islands The Calima: I knew it would happen if I stayed here long enough. Maybe that is why I choose to be here for a whole month. I wanted to test how I would handle it. Periodically, the Canary Islands get choked in Saharan dust that wafts over the oceanContinue reading “The Sahara arrives in Fuerteventura”

Responding to the Fires

It is now three weeks after a devastating bushfire tore through my old home town Cobargo, part of a fire apocalypse that has razed an area of Australia about the size of England. Fires in various locations in Australia are still burning. The fire season is far from over. Used to be called summer. TheseContinue reading “Responding to the Fires”

Australian Bushfire hits Cobargo – When a bushfire wipes out your old home town

For the last four days I have been gripped by emotions I can scarcely describe, struggling to take in the catastrophe as it plays out through the lives of my friends. Catastrophic bushfires have been plaguing Australia since September, the result of three years of drought, extreme heat and very dry air and wind. YouContinue reading “Australian Bushfire hits Cobargo – When a bushfire wipes out your old home town”

Do Something to Make a Difference

Climate Change: The Australian Apocalypse These last weeks and months I have been caught up in the horror show that is the Australian bushfire season and the insane heatwave. Not to mention the dust storms and our bone dry interior rendering scores of communities WITH NO WATER. What is unfolding here is well beyond DayContinue reading “Do Something to Make a Difference”

Authors have a moral duty to help save the planet

I have been dwelling all day on whether I should write this post. Then I started re-watching Climate Change: The Facts – David Attenborough’s documentary on climate change – and I decided that yes, I must. Authors often taken a stand on various issues. We have a tendency to champion causes when our latest releaseContinue reading “Authors have a moral duty to help save the planet”

Pia and the Skyman by Sue Parritt

Sue Parritt’s Pia and the Skyman is the second in her Climate Fiction trilogy, following on from Sannah and the Pilgrim, which I reviewed last year. From the very first sentence, Pia and the Skyman engages the reader in the action, Parritt quickly and skilfully establishing the backstory carried over from Sannah and the Pilgrim. Sannah’s daughter, Pia,Continue reading “Pia and the Skyman by Sue Parritt”

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