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Help Close the Literacy Gap September 23, 2017 13:11

From Wed 6th September, Indigenous Literacy Day until 31st December,  please join Paper Parrot and show your support. Like many bookshops and book related retail businesses Paper Parrot will be donating 10% of any purchase made that day to the great work of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and until the end of the year we are also donating 10% of any purchase made from our Aboriginal / Indigenous Art & Design Collection  So why not buy a beautiful card, calendar or gift that gives twice?


The Gift That Gives Twice August 19, 2016 23:45

From Indigenous Literacy Day, Wednesday, 7th September, until the end of the year (31st December, 2016) Paper Parrot will be donating 10% of all sales made from its Aboriginal / Indigenous Art & Design Collection to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation because we believe that reading really can change lives. 

Our Aboriginal  Art & Design Collection encompasses individual artists' cards, calendars, bookmarks and a beautiful selection of gift items utilizing aboriginal artwork. All the giftware is manufactured under licence returning royalties to the artists and their communities.  So purchasing a gift from this collection really will be a gift that gives twice!

First established as a book industry initiative in 2004, the Indigenous Literacy Foundation's aim is to reduce the disadvantage experienced by children in very remote indigenous communities across Australia. Its primary focus is on improving literacy rates and instilling a lifelong love of reading. For more information about the important work of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, or to make a donation, please click on the graphic below or go to -

She Knew She Was Right April 02, 2016 21:09

I have always had a bit of a problem with Mother’s Day - it is a question of the position of that apostrophe... 

My mother died when I was very young and so I was brought up by my grandmother. My father’s mother was over 80 when she took on the unenviable task of moving in with us to help my father raise three young children but there was never any question about her role in the house – she was always his “Mother” and our “Grandma”. 

In my first year at school I came across the first of many implacable rulings about compulsory participation regardless of one’s circumstances and it would seem regardless of the position of the apostrophe!  Our teacher declared that we were all going to make a card for Mother’s Day.  I duly pointed out to the nun who was teaching the class that this was not necessary for me to do because there was no mother at home to receive such a card.  Perhaps it was my tone of voice or perhaps it was all the trouble that Sister Bernadette was having with the distribution of paper, scissors and pots of glue but she snapped back with “Don’t you worry about that young lady, you can still give the card to your grandmother”.  “No Sister” I remonstrated, “I can’t because Grandma is not my mother”.  “Well don’t you try splitting hairs young lady, she will do well enough, so sit down and start on making your [blessed] card”.  “No Sister”, I persisted, “Daddy says that Mummy is now in heaven and isn’t coming home again and he also says that Grandma is very old and she is not our mother or our servant so we should all try to do more things for ourselves.”

Looking back to my pedantic six year old self I can imagine that Sister Bernadette only just restrained herself from giving me a quick slap (which was the nun’s usual method of making a point with an unusually bold or stupid child). She tried a different tack, perhaps feeling some pity for a motherless child, and said cheerily “Well that’s alright then dear, you can just make it and give it to me!”  “But Sister” I replied (somewhat scandalised by the very idea), “you're a Sister not a Mother”.  Sister Bernadette thought about that for a moment and said, “Well then Anne, you can make the card and we can both give it to Mother Tarcisius who is the Mother in our convent and therefore to our whole school”.  This early introduction to Jesuitical logic unfortunately made me concede and I duly made the card.

However as an adult with a somewhat keener appreciation of the role of the possessive apostrophe I believe that I was completely in the right and should have argued harder. It is Mother’s Day (using the singular possessive, therefore any action taken can only relate to one person or mother) and not some generalised Mothers' Day (the plural possessive would imply a celebration of the general status of mothers or the authority of motherhood). So I should have maintained my position - no mother, no card.

After all I did not even like Mother Tarcisius, she was truly scary and carried a really big leather strap which she regularly used. The only thing I wanted to give her was a wide berth!

BUT for those of you who actually do have a need to give a card or a gift to your mother on May 8th, then Paper Parrot has many beautiful and suitable cards and gifts to choose from!


Postmodern take on Bomboniere November 20, 2015 11:01

Postmodern bomboniere? Or Favours in Philosophical Flavours? 

Announcing the arrival of Paper Parrot's Origami Fortune Cookies!

When you research the history of the fortune cookie you find that something we think of as Chinese is far more likely to be Japanese in origin. As far back as the 19th century a cookie very similar in appearance to the modern fortune cookie was being made in Kyoto.  So it is this likely Japanese origin of the fortune cookie that for me makes it such a suitable object for origami. 

Paper Parrot's signature Origami Fortune Cookies are something completely different for your next dinner party or Christmas festive table, or an inexpensive but unique host or hostess gift.  Every origami fortune cookie is totally handmade, using beautiful Australian made and traditional Japanese craft papers. The printed quotes slipped inside each cookie have been carefully chosen from a wide range of attributed sources. This clever reworking of the traditional ‘fortune cookie’ aphorism is guaranteed to make you think, laugh or smile (or perhaps all three). 

Our Origami Fortune Cookies come in a small presentation box of six or twelve and they are exclusive to Paper Parrot.  

[Ingredients: Sage Words, Paper, Ink]  Guaranteed 100% Fat Free!

Yes our Origami Fortune Cookies can also be made to order, please email us with your special order requirements to receive a quotation. Email - 


Make a Note to Remember 2nd Sept and be glad that you can. August 28, 2015 06:00

Books and the joy of reading have been my world for so long that I struggle to imagine the world without them. So to imagine what it would be like to not read – to not be able to read anything is terrifying...

The Last Quill August 18, 2015 10:32

Stationery can evoke such strong memories.  On Sunday afternoon I found myself sorting through a large box of miscellaneous items left over from recently closing down our bookshop which ran for 27 years. All of those accumulated bits and bobs that filled the drawers and our lives for so many years...



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