I wanted to write a poem about how we don't give enough credit to endings. About how we fret and mourn over things ending, when more often than not, things an ending is a wonderful and freeing thing. This year, I got divorced. It was a big ending, and a joyous one. That's not to … Continue reading Pandemic Poetry #46 / Here’s To Endings
Tonight I was honoured to spend an hour chatting with Fleassy Malay live on Facebook about my experiences in RISE, which is her flagship speaker training program. We talk about how transformative the program has been for both my poetry practice and my personal life, we play an improvisation game which results in us developing … Continue reading Chatting about RISE, poetry, and donkeys with Fleassy Malay
I never used to listen to commercial radio, but now I have it on in the car, and sometimes while I do the dishes. I'm not completely averse to pop music anymore, however it does disturb me how so many modern love songs normalise disrespect, objectification and the notion that stalking is somehow an acceptable form … Continue reading Why “I Didn’t Mean To Hurt You” Is Not an Apology.
I had such a good time recently on air on The Arts Program on 99.9 Voice FM as a guest presenter, that I'll be doing it semi-regularly. Sitting in the studio is always a beautifully nostalgic place for me, because it takes me back to my formative years and reminds me of how connected I … Continue reading Flashback Friday – On The Same Frequency
In the past I've been very against Mother's Day. The marketing machine dictating that mothers like all things fluffy, pink and scented annoys me. It's a cop-out to give the woman who you should really know very well a off-the-shelf on a certain day of the year for doing a job and maintaining a relationship that … Continue reading As Pretty As Flowers And As Funny As A Clown – Thoughts on Mother’s Day.
Yesterday, my eldest child started school. I’ve been counting down for five years until this moment. I thought I would skip off merrily after dropping him on the first day, and with a big sigh of relief have myself a mid-morning cocktail and a rest. I was sure I wouldn't cry. But there I was … Continue reading Starting School
2018 was a year of investment, transition and learning. I worked at Sovereign Hill and Ballarat Community Health. I directed The Sum of Us for Creswick Theatre Company. I helped Madame Yum and Christine Tammer Music develop Random Number Generator for White Night Ballarat. I performed poetry at Words Out Loud. I attended Showcase Victoria, … Continue reading All The Things I Did In 2018
I hope everyone had a good day yesterday although I'm aware that this is absolutely not "the most wonderful time of the year" for a lot of people. And despite my attempted avoidance of all things Christmas (see my previous blog post), I did end up opening presents under a tree with my children at … Continue reading Christmas Is Now
I wish I was boycotting Christmas, but I can't. I've threatened to "go bush" over Xmas for a few years now (both metaphorically and literally). This year, I naively thought I might really do it. No tree, no presents, no family, no food, no cakes, no carols. I was all for being the biggest Scrooge-Grinch … Continue reading I Wish I Was Boycotting Xmas.