The Christie Affair


You know that feeling of discovery when you stumble across a great read? You’ve been searching book after book for that next immersive experience but each time you end up disappointed. You’ve almost given up. You think, perhaps, your taste is old-fashioned. Perhaps, you’ve exhausted the sort of books you enjoy. You sigh and start the next offering late at night. The book is a...

The Way Back


If you want to be a writer, you have to write. How many times have you heard this advice? You can’t argue with it and if, like me, you haven’t been writing as much lately, this seems the obvious place to start. Recommit to being a writer, whatever that means for you. It might mean taking that precious ten minutes in your lunch time to write or making one of Julia Cameron’s...

Does a Caterpillar like Brussels Sprouts?


At least one caterpillar does. The Caterpillar published my poem ‘Brussels Sprouts Blues’ in the Winter 20/21 edition. I’m so proud to have my work published in this beautiful magazine. The poem is about the effect that eating Brussels Sprouts can have on some people. Do you eat Brussels Sprouts? If yes, do you eat them under protest or do you actually like them? Do they have an...

My Pompous Things


Little Dorrit, BBC, 2008 Like many people staying home and trying to fill in time, I’ve been binge-watching a few of my favourite programs, mostly BBC period dramas such as Bleak House, Wives and Daughter‘ and Little Dorrit. My kids call them ‘my pompous things’. It got me thinking about why I like these stories and care about their characters. How did writers like Dickens...

Poetry d’Amour


I’m thrilled that my poem When They Say Love was recently included in this anthology available from WA Poets Inc. Due to a recurring case of imposter syndrome, my biography is the shortest in the book. Something to work on…

Spooktacular Stories: Thrilling Tales for Brave Kids


I am delighted that my poem ‘The Monster in the Garage’ made it into this anthology for children available tomorrow. For every book sold, another is donated to a Children’s Ward in an Australian hospital. It’s great to be a part of this project. Congratulations to the other contributors.

Think like an artist: three ways to boost creative thinking


Have you seen the movie Julie and Julia? What I love about it, aside from the performances of Meryl Streep, Amy Adams and Stanley Tucci, is how it focuses on the aspirations of two creative women looking for something meaningful and finding it even after several abortive attempts. Their something meaningful happened to do with food and cooking exciting dishes.  They even made poached eggs look...