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Book Launch: Robyn Wood

You are invited…

Help Robyn celebrate the release of her book,
“101 Strategies for True Health and Empowerment”
at Blarney Books & Art on Sunday, 31 May at 5.00 pm.

Come join us for drinks and nibbles.
Entertainment by Sheree Duncan and Chris Morris.
Robyn will be sharing some of the insights and background about the book
followed by book signing.
A great opportunity to connect with like-minded people and practitioners


“This compilation of self-help strategies invites you on an authentic journey towards an expanded consciousness, helping you find within yourself the power to heal and knowledge of your true self. An empowering book for these times.”

You can read the first chapter for yourself on:

You can book online via Eventbrite.



Thanks to the incredible work and genius of Bluestone Magazine, we are able to offer you this exciting news! Helen Garner is one of Australia’s favourite writers, with a long list of cherished titles, beginning way back in the ’70s with Monkey Grip! I’d suggest you get in quickly and contact Bluestone if you want a ticket – they’re limited, and are selling fast! (Click on the image below to see the invitation clearly.)


Jill Edwards – Across the Salty Seas

Jill says it herself, she loves a window. Even more than a door. She finds the suggestion windows give of looking through (out or in) reveal even more than simply the practical view – a desire to place yourself somewhere else, a curiosity about your surroundings, an imagining that is transportative, a meditation on life itself …

Awaitened Return by Jill Edwards

And with this in mind, in Across the Salty Seas, Jill has indeed produced some very meditative pieces. They can soothe the soul with their peace, their warmth and the feeling of calm that comes from them. As if you’re gazing at the ocean on a mild day.

Greener Pastures by Jill Edwards

Jill has pulled together an exhibition made of the fragments of her past and her present. As a photographer first, she has taken and gathered beautiful images from her ancestral country, Ireland, and merged them with images from her current hometown, Port Fairy. Jill’s artwork also references an old text she found as an art student, Life of the Liberator by MF Cusack. Jill has trekked around Ireland and visited places of ancestral significance (Kilbrogan, Bandin, Derry) and plans to return there later in 2015 for more.

The Life of the Liberator by MF Cusack

For all of those Australians who feel their Irish ancestry, and you know who you are, this exhibition is definitely for you. It will stir within you all those mixed up feelings, that nostalgia for other times, other (greener/older) worlds, that desire to retreat to a little stone cottage set upon a rugged clifftop.

Artist Jill Edwards, with Des Bunyon of Customs House Gallery (Hawkesdale).

On until the end of April. Come see.

Exhibition into other worlds is launched!

The lovely Des Bunyon of Customs House Gallery (Hawkesdale) was invited by the artists to open their current exhibition at Blarney Books & Art. In his introduction Des raised the subject of the The Cottingley Fairies, and has made me think about that a lot – about how we all want to believe in some of the magic that’s contained in a fairytale, and it is this appeal that makes Berit’s fairytale photography so compelling.

Des Bunyon of Customs House Gallery (Hawkesdale) introduces the exhibition by Berit Hampel (left) and Jill Edwards (middle).
Des Bunyon of Customs House Gallery (Hawkesdale) introduces the exhibition by Berit Hampel (left) and Jill Edwards (middle).

In 1917 two young cousins took some photographs where they were playing, and for a while the world believed that they had captured images of true fairies, especially as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle heard of the photographs and asked to see them. The photographs were tested again and again for manipulation/trickery, but none was found. It wasn’t until the early 1980s that the grown women admitted that they’d just photographed cardboard cutouts secured with hatpins.

Fairy offering posy of Harebells to Elsie
Fairy offering posy of Harebells to Elsie

This illustrates not only good imagination, but also a human desire to believe in other worlds, in magic. We all crave a little bit of magic – something that comes from things as simple as a wonderful film, a great book, an evocative meal – or something bigger, like an extraordinary encounter.

Winter's hope by Berit Hampel from the "Once Upon a Time" exhibition
Winter’s hope
by Berit Hampel
from the “Once Upon a Time”

Berit’s photography gives us a little bit of this magic, by taking fairytales and giving them a real environment. She has placed Red Riding Hood in a very local setting, by using photographs taken at our nearby dormant volcano, Tower Hill. Other images were taken in the Otways, rainforest only a couple of hours from this area. Other images at The Grampians.

Red Riding Hood by Berit Hampel from the exhibition “Once Upon a Time”

Berit downplays the fairytale, and brings them to a level where they are at once familiar, but still surreal. In the image above, you can make out some beautifully textured fur (bottom right corner) which suggests the presence of a wolf. We know this story instantly. The red cape, the wolf. I’ve never seen either of these (cape, wolf) at Tower Hill, and we’ve spent years exploring those paths. In each image, there are things that take the mind some time to actually ‘see’. There is a rat at a wintery window, hidden mushrooms, and watching eyes.

Thumbelina, by Berit Hampel, as part of "Once Upon a Time"
Thumbelina, by Berit Hampel,
as part of “Once Upon a Time”

This exhibition is up until the end of April.
(In our next post, we’ll look at the work of Jill Edwards.)




11 June 2015
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