Book Extract: ‘A View of Australia From Fine Leg’

In another excerpt from Craig Dodson’s ‘A View of Australia From Fine Leg’, Craig battles the fear of bushfire in country Australia while meeting a wonderful turning pitch.

Almanac Poetry: Lal Lal, Victoria

This Kevin Densley poem is inspired by the Victorian country town of Lal Lal.

Almanac Life: A West Australian Out Of Water

When West Australian Poppy Penny landed a nice (temporary) job in radio in country New South Wales, she thought she’d be back home to watch her beloved Freo by the middle of the year. Travel restrictions have changed that. [Hang in there Poppy – JTH]

Almanac Life: One of those Melbourne lockdown Saturdays

A day in lockdown quickly evolved into an emotional reflection on Jan Courtin’s parents. Whilst typing out some letters from years gone by, Jan discovered her family history, making the day worthwhile.

Almanac Life: The Crystal Pool

Smokie Dawson longs for the summer, and a visit to the Crystal Pool. Its charms have been passed down through the generations of his family.

Almanac Life: A Digger’s Words

Nicole Kelly fondly remembers her great-grandfather Jack Dodd and shares poetry he wrote while fighting in Tobruk during WW2,

Almanac Music: Australia’s Best Song – another take

In response to Kevin Densley’s call to find Australia’s best song, KN Dole offers his suggestion for the best song for these Covid times.

Almanac Music: Australia’s Best Song? (Discuss)

Kevin Densley nominates his personal favourite Australian song. If ever there was an invitation for a discussion, this is it. What would you choose?

Almanac Pub Review: The Palais, Semaphore

“If coleslaw is the CD player….. does that make quinoa the trendy streaming service?” Yes, it’s another Mickey Randall pub review. This time, Semaphore’s The Palais is under scrutiny.

Confidence: A big year in a young footballer’s life

Daniel Boss revisits his last year as a rugby league player, a year full of highs and lows, a year that helped shape him as a person a great deal.

Almanac Footy Art: ‘Dusty 2020’ by Nick Howson

Nick Howson has has painted an action portrait of Dustin Martin that also says a lot about the year we are having.

Almanac Football: Carey-Bunton Medal for best NSW player during the AFL season

The NSW AFL History Society awards the Carey-Button Medal to the winner of the best NSW player in the AFL based upon the weekly AFLCA votes. This follows on from last year’s announcement of the Greatest NSW Team of all time. Thanks to Richard Colless for sending this in to us.

Almanac Poetry: ‘Handel’s Father was a Barber-surgeon’

This week’s poem from Kevin Densley looks at baroque music, Angus Young, AC/DC and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein!

The 2020 Furphy Literary Award winners

A massive amount of contributors to the 2020 Furphy Literary Award has boiled down to just one winner. Check out the official press release regarding the winners and finalists of all competitions.

Almanac Poetry: The Pub

The local pub is a living history museum with many stories to tell. Dips takes a nostalgic look at these institutions in his poem, ‘The Pub’.

Almanac Life: Talking Crap

A few months ago, Smokie was talking crap, as the guest on a community radio show.

Almanac Music: Wantok Musik – July newsletter

David Bridie shares all the latest news and music releases from Wantok Musik with their current newsletter.

Almanac Music: Richard Clapton and I

Kevin Densley recalls the time his band supported Richard Clapton at The Waurn Ponds Hotel in 1980.

Almanac Life: The Mighty Hawks, late July 2020, a ranty ramble

Trucker Slim is doing it hard with his Hawks languishing at the bottom end of the ladder. So it’s to music for some solace, the words of Bob Dylan and others for strength and guidance.

Almanac Poetry: Stringybark Creek

The mere mention of the words “Stringybark Creek” (site of the Kelly gang police murders) send a shudder right through Kevin Densley, illustrated by this week’s poem.