Slow magazine

21 September 2013

Some time ago I was contacted by a journalist from Slow magazine asking for an interview. That interview, and an excerpt from my book, were published in the current edition of the magazine. I hadn't heard of Slow magazine but now I've been sent a copy of the current issue, I am really proud to be featured in it.  Of course the first thing I think of when I pick up a magazine is that it will be full of advertisements for cosmetics and perfume, but I was surprised to find none of the usual suspects in Slow. The ads were relevant to their topics and there weren't too many of them. 

I have a secret confession now. The thing I love the most is that the excerpt from my book is sitting right next to an article about Gurrumul, the fantastically talented Australian musician. Gosh, I love that man's music so much. In the same edition are articles about Kate from Fox's Lane blog and her delightful book Vantastic, and Edwina from the Old Post Office blog. There are articles too about my favourite Australian author Tim Winton, the wonderful singer/songwriter Paul Kelly and much more about interesting people and topics.  It's like I'm part of a lovely and familiar Slow family.

I've agreed to do a bit of writing for Slow's website, so I'm pleased to welcome them to my small group of sponsors.

Added later: Wow, because I usually read magazines from the back to the front, I've just discovered a full page knitting yarn and patterns ad! right near the front. You don't see that in too many magazines nowadays, even buried on the back pages.

Here is the official summary about the contents of this edition:

Spring arrived in a rush around here. This is not usually our favoured pace but when it means sunny days, blooming flowers, new growth and a surge of creative energy we are happy to go with it.

And our pulse is racing a little too, as we a bit excited to announce that the contributor list for our Spring issue includes a couple of bonafide national treasures.

Tim Winton, four-time Miles Franklin Award winner, provides an exclusive hand-written extract from his long-awaited new novel, Eyrie. And legendary singer/songwriter Paul Kelly pays tribute to the man who called him brother, lead singer of Yothu Yindi and former Australian of the Year, Yunupingu, who passed away in June after a long illness.

Fittingly, Slow’s Spring issue is all about the creative spirit and how tapping into your deepest artistic impulses can be a powerful way of cultivating a sense of timelessness. Whether it’s a writer’s retreat, a pottery lesson, or traveling to an exotic land with an Archibald Prize winning artist for personal tuition, the Spring issue of Slow has a creative adventure to suit every taste.  Writer Charlotte Wood, artist Wendy Sharpe, potter Jane Sawyer, and illustrator Shaun Tan are among your eminently qualified creative guides.

And, while we’re at it, why should children miss out on the creative journey? Our story on the growing slow education movement, ‘Let The Children Play,’ argues that creative play and outdoor adventuring are powerful learning experiences children need.

That argument gets strong support in our profile of celebrated Indigenous singer Gurrumul, whose childhood on remote Elcho Island off the coast of Arnhem Land was full of music, adventure and loving guidance, despite being born blind. 

We meet a cast of inspiring characters who have taken the bold leap towards slow, sustainable living - growing their own food, embracing traditional crafts like food preserving and knitting, rejecting consumerism and even, in one case, building a magnificent composting toilet out of recycled materials.

The Slow heartland of central Victoria is in the midst of a cultural blossoming, showcased in our Slow Trails feature, as writer Lauren Mitchell takes the slow road from Ballarat to Bendigo.

The Perch Creek Family Jug Band, featuring “Australia’s leading one-legged saw player,” drop in to entertain. Slow advocate Carl Honore provides his own tips to resist the “virus of hurry.” Author Rhonda Hetzel offers her advice on “moving towards simplicity.” And we discover Manly’s old Quarantine Station and its unlikely makeover into a stylish boutique hotel and quiet sanctuary in the midst of Australia’s largest city.

All this, plus your chance to win a luxurious Slow weekend in beautiful Byron Bay and a double pass to the fabulous Boomerang Festival, in Spring Slow. On sale September 19.