I’ve been listening to Elizabeth Gilbert’s ‘Magic Lessons’ podcasts of late, in which the well-known author interviews friends, authors and creatives of all types in an attempt to help people who have contacted her with their creative roadblocks. What has emerged from this process for me is the confirmation of creativity as essential to our… Read More Are You A Creator Or Consumer?
(Brisbane) A place where poetry could never occur ’ From David Malouf’s central character, Dante, in the seminal Brisbane novel Johnno (1975) Many years ago, Brisbane had a reputation as a cultural wasteland. Now, this vibrant multicultural metropolis thrives with culture in diverse forms. For me Brisbane will always be a writer’s city and its… Read More Brisbane: A Writer’s City
Who knows what they get up to in their private lives and what they know about other dimensions of life? We are such an anthropocentric species that we can’t imagine the richness and depth of the lives of animals. I love writing stories about the character of the animal which seems to emerge as our… Read More The Secret Lives of Animals
After I returned from Canada late last year, I house sat in a small town in Queensland. There, I was reminded of everything I love about Australia which I had previously overlooked or took for granted. Fluorescent An infusion of sea salt and chlorine envelops the bakery as wet backsides wobble in to join the… Read More Australian Story