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All My Januaries

This collection of essays, All My Januaries, is both insightful and memorable.

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Barbara Blackman has been a muse and an iconic Australian arts identity throughout her long life. Blind since her twenties, Barbara has been an artist’s model, broadcaster, poet, librettist and essayist. All My Januaries celebrates this remarkable journey as she reflects on food, travel, friendships, family and the many unexpected pleasures of life. Ranging from her Brisbane childhood to her marriage to renowned artist Charles Blackman, her time in London and Paris, and her life beyond, these essays capture her love of language and her acerbic wit.

Barbara Blackman
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Barbara Blackman

Barbara Blackman is an author, music-lover, essayist, librettist, letter writer and poet. Born and bred in Brisbane, she was educated at Brisbane State High School and later studied at the University of Queensland, becoming the youngest member of ‘Barjai’, an avant-garde writers group in Brisbane (Thea Astley was the eldest at 21). She was married to the painter Charles Blackman for thirty years and they had three children. In the 1950s, they lived in Melbourne and moved in Australian art circles with Arthur Boyd, Joy Hester, John and Sunday Reed, Clifton Pugh, John Perceval, Mirka Mora and many more.