Posted by: Lisa Hill | January 9, 2015

Fear, Freedom, Fantasy, Reality … Words Do have Power, but Writers Must be Allowed to Write!

Wise words about the importance of French writers to the world…

Up the Creek with a pen ...

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This blog is about writing and promoting creative writing, but today I have to honour those writers and cartoonists who were murdered in Paris for doing what writers and cartoonists in a political magazine do:  challenge, confront, comment, lampoon and satirise authority, whether church or state, political or secular.

My deepest condolences to all those in France who have lost someone they love.

It was heartening to take part in a hastily organised vigil in Melbourne’s Federation Square this evening and be with 3000 others, as a mark of respect for those who have died, and to stand in solidarity with the grieving French community of Melbourne. So many shattered young travellers worrying about their families and homeland, coming together to support each other and trying to make sense of such a senseless violent act.

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Many people queued to write or draw a message of condolence and also…

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