I Own All the Blue

“Pink is a flamingo colour. Blue is for bowerbirds.”

Join bowerbird and his friends in a colourful tale of mayhem as they experience a world where entitlement is taken to the extreme.

Ideal as a discussion-starter story for exploring society’s expectations, generalisations, privilege, and the value of sharing.

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I Own All the Blue is available in paperback from many online bookstores. ISBN 9780992443825

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How to Keep a Conversation Going

Just as some people find it hard to start a conversation, some also battle with what to say next. If talking to people doesn’t come naturally to you, you might want to think of conversation ideas ahead of time. Don’t rehearse too much or you’ll sound unnatural.

Tennis Friends - photo by Windsor Tennis Club Belfast
Tennis Friends – photo by Windsor Tennis Club Belfast

Another way to keep talking is to think of conversation as a tennis match. Continue reading “How to Keep a Conversation Going”

How to Talk to People

How to Talk to People
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Many people just don’t know what to say and will respond to any attempt to start a conversation. It’s worth a try.

Here’s a neat trick: Start by asking the question you want the other person to ask you. What’s the most interesting thing you do or know or like. Because, usually, the polite thing to say after answering a question is “How about you?”

When I was working as a typist or secretary or personal assistant, I never asked people “What do you do?” Continue reading “How to Talk to People”