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Feb.19.2013
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As a West Australian English teacher, child rights activist and a woman whose 1950-60's childhood 'fertilized' my passion for writing my childhood memoir, I did so knowing that publishers are reluctant to take on board such stories and, people are reluctant to read them because they want to stay...
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Feb.11.2013
Suzanne, can you tell us what your memoir is all about? My memoir is about a small town Australian country girl in the 1950’-60’s, who’s dux of her class every year at Primary School, loves the bush, the river, the mountains, reading, writing and singing and, always wants trousers with a fly. She...
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Jan.18.2013
Country is wonderful! The long drives through Western Australia's wheatbelt listening to music I adore, music that affirms and inspires me in my beloved Nissan Dualis  to end up in Katanning where the people show such welcoming care for me and the issues my memoir addresses is nothing short of...
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Dec.19.2012
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Christmas is a few days away and I so love the Christ child, born to the Mary who could well have been stoned to death if not for the story of the seed God popped into her, if not for the Joseph standing alongside—outcastes, the pair of them. The innkeeper and others who turned them away sure knew...
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Dec.16.2012
Dear Suzi  I am writing you this letter to talk about your book ‘When We Remember They Call Us Liars’. I had so many thoughts when reading this book that I actually found it quite hard to talk to you about it in person, as I wasn’t sure what exactly to say, and I felt quite strange knowing so...
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Nov.30.2012
With Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s recent announcement of a National Enquiry into child abuse in my country (Nov 12, 2012), you’d have thought that the guardians of education would have woken up. Some, I am sure would be up to speed, on the ball with current affairs, but according to a...
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Nov.22.2012
I am often asked whether or not writing my memoir was ‘therapeutic’. No. It was a celebration to make my words sing loud and dance across the page giving voice to the writer I knew I was at eleven years of age. I raged, I wept, I laughed and soaked in lavender baths, took long country drives...
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Nov.17.2012
Breaking the silences of child sexual assault is a frightening, costly, painful thing to do. Confronting and weaving in and out of apathy and ignorance is even more painful. Being misunderstood and labeled is heartbreaking. But oh, let’s not forget the joy, the joy of finding my own voice, seeing...
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Nov.16.2012
Feeling soft this morning, reflective. Ben Okri's memoir, A Way of Being Free (1998), an amazing Nigerian poet and social justice advocate has this to remind and affirm me: 'He acknowledges the painful commitment to the process of writing, and the fact that it could be misunderstood...
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Nov.16.2012
When We Remember They Call us Liars  Author: Suzanne Covich Fremantle Press $24.95 Review: Monique Mulligan  “To be able to finally write my story was both terribly painful and celebratory. I had to basically relive the things I had written about...” – Author Suzanne Covich When I reflect...
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Nov.12.2012
CELEBRATING THE VOICE OF THE CHILD & KATANNING Stories open doors, make safe, create spaces where others can find their lives, gain strength, learn, love and hold one another. Dr Suzanne Covich and Katanning people invite you to join us in the launch of When We Remember They Call Us Liars (...
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Nov.01.2012
Diane's review Aug 13, 12 bookshelves: childhood, non-fiction, biography-autobiographyRead in August, 2012 Suzzane writes engaging, intensely personal prose. One young reviewer said it was a “completely uncensored” account of childhood but of course this is hardly the case...
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Oct.24.2012
  Guy Salvidge's review Sep 26, 12  Read in September, 2012   Suzanne Covich's memoir is about growing up in a run down and feral part of Australia in the sixties. I'm used to reading grim stories so I wasn't bothered by the subject matter - which in this case is an abusive...
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Sep.25.2012
Dear Suzie, Great news for you! I have just finished reading the memoir you wrote for people like me who take life for granted. As you may know it took a while for me to read it although I want you to know I enjoyed reading it. In fact I am glad I came across your book. Your adventures have taught...
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Sep.22.2012
My heartfelt thanks to the reader who posted this blog at: http://ap-collins.com/2012/08/21/when-we-read/#comments   This is the first post of my new blag – wooot! Anyhow, it is going to be a short one, just a small point that I think has major implications. I am just finishing a...
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