Thursday, 11 May 2017

Catching Up on our Reading

One of the best things we can do to improve our writing skills is to read the work of others. As doctors we don’t get all that much time to do so. But with podcasts we can get our reading done while we drive, while we exercise or while we take a shower! 

I’m really excited about The New Yorker Magazine's podcast “The Writers Voice” which they’ve launched as a kind of companion to their popular and long running New Yorker Fiction Podcast. 

If you haven’t already discovered the latter, let me tell you about it. It’s a regular monthly podcast featuring writers who have been published in the New Yorker reading stories by other writers that have been published in the New Yorker and talking about why they have chosen them and how the author they have 
chosen has influenced their own writing practice. (Pause to take a breath!) I find it fascinating. I’ve discovered lots of authors I’d never heard of before and heard some very interesting writerly conversations along the way.
Take a look here to see what a rich library of work there is to listen to. 

The Writers Voice is different though. In "The Writers Voice: New Fiction from The New Yorker" writers are invited to read their own stories – stories that have been recently published in The New Yorker magazine. It adds an extraordinary layer of richness and understanding to hear these writers read their tales in their own voices. 
Etgar Keret

One of my favourite short story writers is reading in the Writers Voice podcast this week from the May 15th 2017 issue of the magazine. Etgar Keret is an Israeli author who writes short stories that are often quirky but also extraordinarily cleverly told. They are compact but enriched by so much detail that a very short story feels like a whole world. This story is called “Fly Already” and exemplifies his style.

Listen to Etgar Keret here  – it will be one of the best 14 minutes you’ve ever spent.


Saturday, 29 April 2017

On a Wintry Night in Camelot

Performers Night is coming early this year!
Performers Night is always full of all sorts of surprises!

Because we couldn't wait a whole year to do it again we've booked the Camelot Lounge for Thursday 20th July for this year's CD Performers' event.

What a great way to spend a cold winter's night! Eating and drinking and screaming with delight at the antics of our more theatrical colleagues. (Or even eliciting those delighted screams if that happens to be your thing)
Save the date and come and join us. Previous years have been a great success and there's no reason to suspect this year's Performers Night will be any different.

Camelot Lounge, for those who've not been there, is a great little venue in Sydney's Marrickville with everything a performer could want to enhance their performance and everything an audience needs for a terrific experience
To perform or be part of the audience
RSVP by contacting us using the space in the right hand column of your screen or contact Dr Howard Gwynne at
We'd love to hear from you!

Cnr Railway Parade and Marrickville Rd
(Plenty of street parking and right near the station)

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

A New-Look Creative Doctors Writers Night in 2017

We're taking a fresh approach to Writers Night this year.
Hilton Koppe
As well as the usual opportunity to network and share our creative work, we have invited a very special guest.
The wonderful Dr Hilton Koppe, North Coast GP and international football player with the famous Docceroos soccer team, has agreed to lead us in some creative writing exercises. Hilton is almost as famous for his creative writing and teaching skills as he is for his football skills! He has presented his  "Beyond the Medical Record" writing workshop internationally, including at the examined Life Conference in Boston in 2015 and even  for Creative Doctors that same year! You can see how proud the folks at Lennox Head are of him in this article in the local paper. He is also a published writer of poems and short stories.
Hilton will lead us in some writing exercises on the night that will be fun for everyone, including those of us who don't (yet) do any writing at all.
We also invite you to bring along copies of your published work for sale or any unpublished recent work you may wish to share.

Join us for Writers Night:
7.00pm Thursday 30th March 2017
Heritage Room, Moore Park Golf Club
(Enter off Cleveland St to onsite parking)
Here's the map
RSVP to Dr Howard Gwynne at as soon as you can - it will be a great night.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Performing at its Best

If you are a doctor with a performing bent you really need to listen to this. It's a monologue by American actress Ruth Draper. It's not new - Ruth died in 1956 - but its a timeless masterpiece. Ruth wasn't a doctor but this piece happens to be about doctors. That's my excuse for writing about it here!

Friday, 6 January 2017

A Doctor by Day and a Poet by Night

If you stick to the big chain movie theatres you probably haven't seen Paterson. It's a great new movie, worth seeking out, that sits somewhere between art-film and mainstream movie. 
As long as you are not into action movies, which this one is definitely not, you'll love it - even if you don't know anything about modernist American poetry.