Author interview: Charlotte, the Veterinary Ophthalmologist

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This post features a chat with Charlotte Dawson, who has been my go-to person for certain scientific aspects of my A Quiet Rebellion books. Charlotte is a Veterinary Ophthalmologist at the Royal Veterinary College in London, UK.

MH Thaung (Caroline): Charlotte, thanks for chatting with us today. Perhaps we can start off with you telling us a bit about yourself.

Charlotte: Hello. I graduated from the RVC in 2009. After a short period in private small animal practice I undertook two rotating internships (one in private practice and one at the RVC). I then continued with a residency and am now a lecturer at the RVC. I enjoy all aspects of life working at a university including the clinical activities, teaching and research. In my spare time I like spending time with my family, friends and traveling with my dog Frank.

Caroline: How did you become a Veterinary Ophthalmologist?


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Intrepid Correspondent interview — Mayor Henry Sutcliff

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Today is the day our regular readers have been looking forward to: a chance to meet one of the inhabitants of Numoeath. Our interviewee will be Henry Sutcliff, Mayor of Maldon.

I’ll set the scene before we meet the man himself. The mayor’s residence is situated just behind Maldon’s town hall, only a couple of minutes’ walk from the town square. Like the town hall, it is built from stone: this is in contrast to other buildings in the town, which are wooden. It’s one of the larger buildings, and I suppose it’s the largest residential building. In addition to housing the town’s leader, it has offices, meeting spaces and storage of files. It’s the only building I’ve noticed to have decorative carvings — you can see them round the front doorway — which make a change from the functional but sturdy construction of the other buildings.

Decorative carvings at the Maldon mayor's residence These carvings may…

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This Week… an update

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16298673_10154886727367092_6250121198924530236_nImage: a Mural from the wall inside Clancy’s restaurant

Fremantle Press Great Big Book Read

As I have said before on this site. I will always tell it as it is. I do not care about the Arts Scene Politics. I will say it if it is the good, the bad, or the ugly. So, here is my review of the Fremantle Press Great Bog Book Read. It was held on a Monday, which should have been warning enough, in Fremantle at Clancy’s Fish Pub. The venue was lovely, but all the tables had been reserved and filled by Fremantle Press staff an hour before the event began, leaving us (non-Fremantle Press invitees) standing, crammed into the room while chip bowls were shared with ‘only the staff’. Although not a major issue as we bought meals and I don’t eat chips, it was plain rude to have people strategically avoid you while…

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Movies about Poets and a Love Poem

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This week I went with a friend to see the Chilean movie, Neruda, under the stars at the University of Western Australia as part of the Perth International Film festival. It was about the communist poet Pablo Neruda, who is better known for his political poems. In this film, he is portrayed as a hedonistic narcissistic, who thinks he controls the actions of all those about him, in particular, the investigator who is following him. The movie is definitely one I will buy on DVD. It has a subtext about the suffering of the poor Chilean people after WWII. Also, the camera work in this movie was fantastic, with a definite reference to Noir movies of that time, perhaps best served to remind us that Neruda, a man who gropes his secretaries breast, spends half his life drunk and in brothels, and who leaves his long-term partners with debts…

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Interview with Author Abbie Silk

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I’m very pleased to have YA author Abbie Silk with me this month.

What are you currently working on and what is it about?

I’m currently working on a YA fantasy novspaceel about a princess who gets stuck back in time with her sisters and courted by a demon prince. I’m also working on a short story about a snobby teen chef who goes on a mission trip and changes her whole outlook on life.

Interesting. How often do you write, and do you have a special time during the day to write?

I try to write every day except for Sunday. I usually write in the morning, right after breakfast. I usually sit on the couch sideways, or lay on my bed, or sit outside on my little picturesque bench.

Sounds downright dreamy. What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?

Getting started each morning. I…

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