The best present for writers

A tour of the Southern Highlands

The thing about being a writer is you always get given notebooks for Christmas (not that I’m complaining – I love a good notebook!). But this year, an enterprising friend made me something very special. Using the National Library of Australia’s amazing Trove database – which houses pictures, newspapers, maps, music, documents and more – she created this: a collection of historical material related to the Southern Highlands region of New South Wales, where I’m planning to set my next novel. I can now wander through and explore the people and places of the region through the pictures and accounts she’s collected. I can hardly think of a more suitable (or more innovative) Christmas present.

What do you think is the ultimate writing-related present?

Published by lmmerrington

L.M. Merrington is a freelance writer, editor, academic and communications professional. Her journalism and academic writing has appeared in The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Bulletin, East Asia Forum, Inside Story and South Asia Masala, among others. Her first novel, Greythorne, will be published by Momentum Books, Pan Macmillan Australia’s digital imprint, in 2015. She is currently completing an academic monograph, India and China in the Asia-Pacific, 1890–2030, and working on her next novel.

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