I grew up in a rural town in Bulls in the north island of New Zealand. A Maori girl, who did not speak Maori, I studied French at a ladies’ secondary college because I was placed into a language stream. Read more
Re-release of The Real and the Unreal (PDF)
Ruff and Ritual: The Politics of Paradise in Papua New Guinea is available
It records my observations and reflections whilst deployed to Papua New Guinea as a ‘trailing spouse’ to my partner, an Australian official working toward the delivery of Australian aid in the public service sector. For a glimpse click https://www.stellacoram.com/read-a-sample/.
What people are saying:
“Ruff and Ritual speaks from the heart” (former Australian official advisor to PNG).
“Absolutely brilliant job. Can’t imagine the blood, sweat, tears and blood that has gone into this” (former Australian official advisor to PNG).
“This is a wonderful piece of writing and I congratulate the author on her effort and insights” (former advisor to Uganda and the UAE).
In January 2020, a couple in the Victorian country town of Beulah raised a flag bearing the swastika on their property citing German ancestry. The response from Council was insipid with all manner of excuses offered to explain why no action could be taken to have the...read more
Following on from an earlier post, To the Manor Born, in which I outline my theory of descent for ancestor John Gotty to the 'father' of Germany, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, I present a pictorial representation of Gotty. There are some intriguing similarities between...read more
This post continues from previous posts examining the silences and contradictions of free speech. It is claimed that speech without consideration of its intended audience is no speech at all and that there are consequences for diminishing the importance of freedom of...read more