Rebecca Byfield


Justice joins the review crew 1

Announcing The Writers’ Shack’s first Read 4 Review book: Mariner’s Hollow by FG Capitanio There’s been quite a few posts about Frank Capitanio and his debut book, Mariner’s Hollow on The Writers’ Shack lately. We’ve interviewed the author to discuss winning the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award; we’ve reviewed Mariner’s Hollow. Now Capitanio […]

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Seeking authors, publishers and book lovers for a brand new read for review program 8

The Writers’ Shack launches Read 4 Review, a brand new initiative for book lovers   You might remember that a month or so ago, we put some feelers out to see if anyone was interested in a Read 4 Review program. Well, the response from both authors and readers was […]


Are we there yet? 2

A parents’ guide to enjoying rather than enduring family holidays   Think of a family holiday and what springs to mind?   Are you picturing theme park hotels, kiddie meals, sandcastles and sunburn, and endless screaming kids? Are you imagining one of those family friendly resorts with the kid’s club […]

Freefalling at ScienceWorks in Canberra

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Is Dhara Dhevi the best hotel in the world? 3

Is Dhara Dhevi the best hotel in the world? By Rebecca Byfield     Here’s a question for you. What is your favourite hotel or resort in the world? If somebody said to you today, “I want to give you a holiday – all expenses paid. Just tell me where you […]


Grammar Guide: Then vs than 38

Then and than: Two simple words that can be the difference between getting sex and missing out.

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Spirit of the ANZACs

In memory of those who gave their lives to give us freedom – Lest we forget This is an article I wrote many years ago on Anzac Day – in fact, it was one of the first articles I ever had published as a journalist. Given that today, Australians and […]


The Great Tasmanian Cable Car Debate 4

Should Hobart allow a cable car up Mt Wellington? As a recent arrival to Tasmania (as opposed to a true, generational local), I am quite new to The Great Tasmanian Cable Car Debate – a debate that has been raging for 108 years! I kid you not. For more than a century, […]

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5 steps to writing interviews 4

Check out these simple techniques for writing interviews that aren’t boring to read.


Free love, forced adoptions and Mick Jagger… 2

Rebecca Byfield takes a look at Season 1 of Love Child, a brilliant new Australian about the unmarried mothers of Stanton House.

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Does the Union Jack belong on the Australian flag?

Royal fever hits Down Under

Will and Kate’s visit adds fuel to Republican debate. Should Australia become a republic or stay part of the monarchy?