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 … Continue reading Starting School
I’ve just finished writing a play. Bells and whistles notwithstanding, the overwhelming feeling is one of apprehension. And that’s because the completion of a playscript is more of an abandonment than anything else. As a playwright, your existence is as one part of a symbiotic theatre-making organism. You are like a donor, and the director … Continue reading The Abandoned Playscript
I interviewed eight local theatre-makers who reflected on their careers in the theatre, and gave their most pertinent advice for those wanting to make a life on the stage in the City of Ballarat & surrounds. Featuring interviews with: Beth Lamont Producer & Technician Mary-Rose McClaren Academic, Writer & Director Katrina Hill Actor & Stage … Continue reading Leading Ladies of Ballarat Theatre
I've been good at gathering evidence of my worthlessness throughout my life. At my first appointment with my new psychologist, she took one look at my answers to the test and asked me why I felt like I was so shit. And I thought, "Isn't it obvious?". These thought patterns have recently manifested in some … Continue reading On Worth
I don't know exactly when I wrote this poem, but it would've been sometime when my son was still an infant. It's quite weird to read it back and be taken back into the anger and frustration I felt about becoming a mother. Almost five years later, I sold my double pram to a new mum … Continue reading Flashback Friday – Poem “Pram Pusher”
For a long time people would tell me (often immediately after saying 'Hi Megan') that I looked tired. But recently people have been telling me that I look happy. I've been working hard on giving myself new problems, and maybe that's the only kind of happiness there is. A few months ago, in an unusual … Continue reading Upgrading for Happiness
A year ago I was right in the middle of the Leadership Ballarat & Western Region Leaders Forum. We were preparing for our trip to Canberra and we used Shakespeare as a text to practice powerful public speaking with the fabulous Bryce Ives. I was blown away by the courage and creativity shown by everyone … Continue reading Flashback Friday – Poem “Strong Vessel”
I recently attempted the National Poetry Writing Month challenge. NaPoWriMo is an annual project in which participating poets attempt to write a poem a day for the month of April. The http://napowrimo.net/ website is owned and operated by Maureen Thorson, a poet living in Washington DC, but the challenge is now undertaken by poets from across the globe.
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Around two years ago, I pitched an ambitious project to a local community theatre company. It bombed. But Tripwire Theatre Inc was born from that rejection. Isn't it funny how things that seem to have failed miserably, end up leading you to a far better place? Two years ago, I sought out a local community … Continue reading The Rejection That Fueled Me.