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Colombia’s silver lining for Australian Traveller Magazine

Luis Benthon holds an intricate silver ring to the single 60-watt light globe in his cement home-cum-workshop and squints to make out any imperfections. His disheveled appearance resembles a mechanic more than a fine artisan. Benthon and his two sons, Jhon and Jose, are a typical Africo-Euro-Indigenous-Caribe-Momposino family of filigranas (silver or goldsmiths) in Santa Cruz de Mompox (or Mompox) – a legendary Colombian river … Continue reading Colombia’s silver lining for Australian Traveller Magazine

New Novel ZIPOLITE: the traveller returns

Melissa runs away from her troubled life in Sydney to a remote Mexican beach, Zipolite, where she is befriended by a group of expat misfits and local surfers, in particular Solomon, the king of the beach. While he is chivalrous and welcoming, rumour has it that he is also a police informer or a cartel member. He has gotten his girlfriend pregnant and enlists Melissa’s … Continue reading New Novel ZIPOLITE: the traveller returns

Modern Love in India

When I went back to follow up on an article I wrote for Mindfood in 2010 (Romance in Rajasthan) about arranged marriage, I thought I would be writing a negative story, of rivalry between mother in-laws and the new modern India woman. But what I found was little abuse, and a lot of cooperation- that the mother in-law took a huge burden off the working mother, and that a mother does not raise her child alone but shares that honour with generations and extended family. Continue reading Modern Love in India

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For GeoChic ‘Love, Fairness & the Mexican Telenovela’

Mexican telenovelas reach more people around the world than the highest rating US television drama or sit com, and they play a more important role in their viewers’ lives. Should the English speaking world should pay respect to the melodramatic world of the Mexican and Latin telenovela? Click here to go through to the article for GeoChic magazine. Continue reading For GeoChic ‘Love, Fairness & the Mexican Telenovela’

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For Private Air Magazine: The Modern Visual Vocabulary of Aboriginal Artists for Private Air Magazine NYC

The Modern Visual Vocabulary of Aboriginal Artists Groundbreaking contemporary Australian Aboriginal artworks from the Scholl Collection and the No Boundary exhibition will tour select US institutions in 2015.  The last century has been an extraordinary time of experimentation and innovation for Aboriginal art as some highly knowledgeable traditional Aborigines began turning to contemporary art. The artist all picked up a modern paint brush late in … Continue reading For Private Air Magazine: The Modern Visual Vocabulary of Aboriginal Artists for Private Air Magazine NYC