For The Fallen

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children
England mourns for her dead across the sea,
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow,
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again,
They sit no more at familiar tables of home,
They have no lot in our labour of the daytime,
They sleep beyond England’s foam.

But where our desires and hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the night.

As the stars shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

– by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)

Published in The Times newspaper on 21st September 1914.

Bindarra Creek Romance Group Read Now Up & Running!

The Never Ending Bookshelf

-image found via Noelle Clark’s blog

Awhile ago I posted about the Bindarra Creek Romance series and proposed a group read for anyone who would like to join in reading the 13 books in the series by 13 of Australia’s top notch authors.

At the time I was trying to set up a group on facebook so that we could chat each month about the books we were reading and what everyone thought about it. But life got in the way, and sadly personal matters have meant that I had to push the start of the group read back to May.

But it’s happening now. The facebook group read is set up. It’s a closed group too. Meaning that facebook users can see the group’s existence and who is a member of the group, but they can’t see what is posted in the group. To find the group, visit The…

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Bookish on iView

is a wonderful new show that launched today which is exclusive to ABC iView and is hosted by Jennifer Wong. Dubbed the “digital sister to ABC TV’s The Book Club“, Bookish brings you all things book related including advice, interviews, and book events. The stars of the recent YA Squad event (Will Kostakis, Megan Jacobson, Kylie Fornasier, and Shivaun Plozza) appear in episode 4 to discuss the appeal of YA, and Jennifer Byrne from The Book Club (formally The First Tuesday Book Club) makes an appearance, interviewing Comma Queen and copy editor of The New Yorker Mary Norris in the first episode.

In the debut episode Norris discusses grammar and her career with Byrne and on the lighter side, host Jennifer Wong discusses the best books to read on public transport to get your own seat. Each episode is very short, averaging around five minutes, but in that time there are some great tips. For instance in episode 3 Wong points out the dos and don’ts of asking questions at a writers’ festival. With the Sydney Writers’ Festival coming in the next couple of weeks this is crucial information; you don’t want to be one of those people.

The show will be airing (if that’s the right word) online all year with a new episode every Tuesday. There are already five episodes available to start you off, with guests like Stan Grant and Yassmin Abdel-Magied, and fun things like looking at the worst colouring books available and the many stupid things booksellers hear with Benjamin Law and Todd Alexander.

I think this is a fantastic little series, and with quick short episodes it’s easy to enjoy anywhere or anytime. I don’t actually know what the ABC’s rules are on international viewing but anyone in Australia should be able to watch the series. If you’re looking for some bookish fun than it’s definitely worth checking out.


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Harry Potter Book Night 2016

February 4 marks the second Harry Potter Book Night. Created through the publishing company Bloomsbury, the first Harry Potter Book Night was held in February 2015. I only learnt about it a couple of weeks ago, but organisation for this year’s events has been in full swing last year with people signing up for kits and other things on the Bloomsbury website to participate in their own Harry Potter parties. According to Bloomsbury, there were 10 500 parties and celebrations held all over the world for their first year, and this year there is set to be even more.

When the event was first created, Bloomsbury’s idea was to invite “schools, bookshops, libraries and community groups to host early-evening events in celebration of Harry Potter Book Night.” Bloomsbury even created a kit for organisers with free download or printed copies being delivered all over the world with everything they would need for a wonderful evening. Kits included things like word searches, craft activities and ideas for Harry Potter themed games, quizzes, and interesting book passages and scenes that could be read aloud. There are also wonderful certificates for those who participate and a myriad of resources for organisers to promote and organise their event. At the time of posting you could still register to receive a downloadable copy of the kit.

46096The theme for the celebrations this year is A Night of Spells and even if you missed the sign up deadline in November for your physical kit, and even if you’re not an organisation, you could still grab a downloadable copy and throw an impromptu party for you and your friends or family that would be just as enjoyable. To start you off The Guardian has even created a quick quiz to test your knowledge of spells for the special night.

If you are like me and didn’t know about this until recently, you can follow the fun of other people’s parties and events on Bloomsbury’s Twitter and Facebook or by using #HarryPotterBookNight. Or, if you really want to join in on the fun, check out Bloomsbury’s interactive world map and see if there is an event near you that you can attend!

Harry Potter Book Night kicks off tomorrow in the UK but Australia will begin theirs tonight so if you are looking for something to do, perhaps it’s the perfect time to bring a bit of magic into your evening with A Night of Spells and a little Harry Potter magic.

Release Day Blitz: The Crow Box by Nikki Rae

Today marks the release of Nikki Rae’s latest novel The Crow Box. Nikki is the author of The Sunshine SeriesThe Donor, and Animal. The Crow Box is classed as New Adult with fantasy and paranormal elements and is the first novel in Rae’s The Shadow and Ink Sseries.

In honour of the release there is also a giveaway where you can enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card and an ebook of The Crow Box. Details are below.

The small wooden box is dirty, the size of a human fist, and sealed with wax. When Corbin takes it upon herself to clean it and break the seal, a voice she has tried to ignore gathers strength.
Shadows play on the walls at night, and with a family history of mental illness, Corbin fears the worst. But the voice tells her it is real. That its name is Six and it will prove it in time.

Drawn to this mysterious entity, Corbin isn’t sure what to believe and the line between reality and her imagination blurs more every day.

Some doors should not be opened; can this one be closed?


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Nikki is running a Rafflecopter giveaway to celebrate the release.

You can find all the details on how to enter here.
You can purchase The Crow Box via the following



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