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Rupetta lives

    Nike Sulway’s wonderful novel, Rupetta, about a partly mechanical woman who lives four hundred years, hits the stands next month, published by Tartarus Press, in the UK. If you don’t know Tartarus, they publish beautifully bound books in the … Continue reading

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Stella!

It’s finally happening. An annual literary prize for Australian women’s fiction: The Stella Prize. Do we really need another literary prize, you might well ask? The answer should be no, but it isn’t. While there are plenty of fine books … Continue reading

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Falling Wood

The trees sometimes leave gifts for us at Olvar Wood: driftwood from the sky. Branches and fragments bleached pale grey and rubbed smooth not by the tumble of the ocean but by wind and sun and rain. They fall to … Continue reading

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ash and cupcakes

15 August 2011 The woodpile is shrinking. I had planned to chainsaw more wood today, but I’m tired and it is raining. Yesterday we cleaned out the ash from beneath the fireplace, which had piled right up to within an … Continue reading

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Naming Olvar Wood

The name Olvar Wood is taken from Tolkien’s The Simarillion, in which the olvar are growing things with roots in the ground and the kelvar are animals. It was Yavanna (giver of fruits), the second greatest of the Valar (pure, … Continue reading

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Olvar Wood featured in SALT Magazine

Olvar Wood, and necessarily Nike and I, feature in the Spring edition of SALT Magazine (a gorgeous Sunshine Coast mag highlighting local attractions, people, places and businesses). The article itself was written over a year ago – so a bit … Continue reading

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Dam Water-Rats

Olvar Wood has a pretty little dam. Nothing grand, more of a permanent waterhole squatting in one of the seasonal creeks that run either side of the cottage. We often admire the pink and purple lillies that decorate its surface from the comfort of our … Continue reading

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