Author Archives: Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.

Out and About Where I live: Habitat Noosa 1

I had driven past the turnoff to Habitat so many times and yet never once had thought of entering. I had thought it was private property but luckily my camera group had set it as the location for one of … Continue reading

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Week in Review: Week 9

This week has felt quite surreal. The East Coast of Australia has gone under water. The mop up bill is going to be in the billions. The mud army is out in force to help with the clean up. The … Continue reading

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Time, Memory & Identity (Part 3) + The Sense of an Ending – book Review

As we saw in Part 2 our memory is a construct and if the ability to remember and recount our stories gives us our identity then is ourself a fiction? This is the premise of the 2011 Man-Booker Prize winning … Continue reading

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Week in Review: Week 8

What a week this has been. Putin has set the world on a catastrophic path. I said to my husband that he had been born as World War II ended in 1945 and hopefully this does not mean that now … Continue reading

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Time and Memory: Part 2

Part 1 is here. where I asked : In remembering, I too am overcoming the dimensions of time and space but do I have any interaction with the places I travel to or are those memories just visions of the … Continue reading

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Time and Memory – Part 1

Have you ever thought of yourself as a time traveller? I believe we are all time travellers to some extent or another. The sand drifts into darkness. The sea beyond crashes invisibly. I stand on the boardwalk of the beach … Continue reading

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Week in Review: Week 7

Welcome. I hope you’ve had a great week and are looking forward to the next one coming up. As is often the case these days our week has been punctuated with medical appointments. Roger had to have his yearly medical … Continue reading

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Out and About Where I live: Noosa National Park Hell’s Gate to Day area via Coastal track

From Hell’s Gate we returned via the Coastal Walk, a 2.7 km walk. This track is vastly different to the Tanglewood Track and varies in difficulty from easy with wheelchair access (approx 1 km ), and moderate fitness required for … Continue reading

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Out and About Where I live: Noosa National Park Tanglewood Track to Hell’s Gate

Within walking distance of Hastings Street via a boardwalk following the coast you arrive at Noosa National Park. The park was declared in 1939 and now covers 2,883ha. At this point in the park you can choose one of two … Continue reading

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Week in Review: Week 6

What kind of a week have you had? I’ve had a busy week but an uneventful week. I had a lovely day on Monday when I took myself off to Hastings Street for a couple of hours taking photographs. As … Continue reading

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