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About alisonstewartwriter

Alison is a writer, journalist and travel writer, born in South Africa, now living in Australia. She has had nine books published - two books for adults and seven for young people. Four of them have been translated into Italian, Danish, Dutch and Thai. Her latest project, Cold Stone Soup, an unpublished memoir about growing up under apartheid and migrating to Australia has won the FAW 2013 National Literary Awards (Jim Hamilton Award for a non-fiction manuscript). Cold Stone Soup was also runner-up in the 2010 Penguin/Varuna Scholarship. Her first book for adults, Born Into the Country (Justified Press 1988, South Africa) was shortlisted for the 1987 AA Mutual Life Vita Young Writers’ Award. Heinemann Australia published her next adult novel, Bitterbloom in 1991. Her YA novel, The Wishing Moon was shortlisted for the 1995 Australian Multicultural Children’s Award and was a 1995 Children’s Book Council Notable book. Her YA dystopia, Days Like This, published by Penguin Australia was a finalist in the inaugural 2010 Amazon/Penguin Breakthrough Novel Award in the YA category. Alison worked for years as a news and feature journalist. She is now a regular travel writer for The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age and online Fairfax Media publications.

Life and Death in the Kgalagadi

The world jostles with sound and fury but there are still pristine places like the “great thirstland” of the remote Kalahari, an ecosystem empty of people, yet rich with game. Here’s a screenshot of my story, published in Fairfax Media’s … Continue reading

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Unforgettable – Cycling the Portuguese Camino

This most spiritual of pilgrimages teaches us a thing or two about ourselves. We are indulged. We’re not invincible. Failure happens. It’s not the end of the world. Cycling the last 278-kilometre leg of the Portuguese Camino on Follow the … Continue reading

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Hydra, art island

The late great Canadian poet and singer, Leonard Cohen’s Bird on a Wire perfectly captured the freedom-seeking zeitgeist of the 1960s. It wasn’t written in Haight Ashbury or Kathmandu or even Goa, but on Hydra. Below is a screenshot of my story … Continue reading

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Brac Island, Croatia – isle of stone and sea

We flock to Greece’s famed Ionian, Saronic and Cycladic islands, but reclining like a goddess off the pointy end of Croatia is Brac, isle of stone and sea, whose bountiful attributes are sometimes overlooked in the rush to Mykonos and … Continue reading

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Budapest, city of markets

Budapest’s unique soul reveals itself in the dynamic parade of life that revolves around its markets. In the 1890s, Budapest replaced its 40 small open-air markets with five grand indoor market halls of brick, cast iron and glass. These grand … Continue reading

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Manaus, Brazil – the Paris of the Jungle

Deep in the Amazon is a remarkable opera house, testament to the extraordinary wealth and exploitation of the rubber barons. Here’s my story, published in September 2017 in Fairfax Media’s The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age Traveller. You can … Continue reading

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Loving Venice to Death

That beautiful city, Venice, is suffering from excessive love – so much so, that its UNESCO World Heritage listing is in danger. Now, grassroots groups are springing up with a view to giving Venice a breather. Here’s my story published … Continue reading

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The Rhine Gorge – River of Dreaming

The lovely 65-kilometre stretch of the World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge has inspired writers, artists, poets, composers and travellers for centuries. Here’s my story, published in Fairfax Media’s The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age Travellers in October 2017, plus an … Continue reading

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A Princely Vienna Palace

The newly renovated Palais Liechtenstein in Vienna’s 1st district is a fairytale place filled with music. Here’s my piece published in Fairfax Media’s The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age Traveller in October 2017, with an accompanying online link for … Continue reading

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