All posts by Mallee Stanley

I grew up in Australia, but like many Auzies, I wanted to explore the world. After two years travelling around my birth country, I bought a one-way ticket in India and didn't return to Australia for six years. From India I journeyed by sea across to East Africa — the inspiration for a second (and third) novels. The second is about a girl growing up in Dar es Salaam who escapes from her dark past, only to find it catches up with her in Canada. I only spent a few weeks in Uganda, but after I left, I kept hearing stories about the political instability. I've finished the first draft of a tale set during this time, and am beginning my next project set in New Zealand and Australia while editing my Uganda story. I now call Canada home. This blog is about my travel experiences. If you visit my ReadandWrite blog, you'll find book reviews on my top choices and what I've learned about writing.

A part of 1950s Melbourne

Because the Middle Park Council does not allow it’s 1950 houses to be demolished, the area has a different feel than most other parts of Melbourne. House owners might build up or add extensions to the back of a property, but the front must remain the same. Continue reading A part of 1950s Melbourne

An accidental visit to Higashi Honganji

I sped past this complex when I first arrived in Kyoto. But a few days later when I hiked in the general direction of my hotel, I passed by the site once again. This time I crossed over a moat and entered through the Founder’s Hall Gate into the temple complex, Higashi Honganji, officially known as Shinshu Honbyo. Continue reading An accidental visit to Higashi Honganji

Back in the 1900s

South of Albert Park Beach was Middle Park Beach. In the 1900s when men and women  were not permitted to swim together at the beach, there were public baths along the shoreline to cater to this law. Continue reading Back in the 1900s

A peek into Arnhem Land and the morning star

When I entered one of the Goma’s art gallery rooms, it was full of sacred poles. In Arnhem Land in the very north of Australia, the Gupapuyngu people hold annual ceremonies celebrating Banumbirr, the morning star, or as we know it, Venus. Continue reading A peek into Arnhem Land and the morning star

Cancer country

Port Phillip Bay stretched around on its eastern side with one perfect beach after another. For me, the only disappointment was being a bay, the sea was like swimming in a lake, flat with no surf. Continue reading Cancer country