10 Poems to Make You Cry

10 poems to make you cry

This post was inspired by a book review I read in The Australian about the release of Poems That Make Grown Men Cry. I haven't read it yet (I'm fourth in the hold line at the local library on a lone copy), and while I am waiting I've been pondering what poems I'd include in a similar collection and … [Read more...]

The Creative Life – Veronica and Kim Foale

Veronica Foale Essentials

For today's installment of 'The Creative life' I wanted to talk explore a mother/daughter relationship and how that contributes creativity and accomplishment and immediately thought of Veronica and Kim Foale. I've known both ladies for many years now and both bring strength and conviction to … [Read more...]

What I’m Reading September 2014

What I'm Reading September 2014

The first book I read was Farther Away by Jonathan Franzen. Franzen tends to be a rather polemic writer and as I was reading I felt a kind of... tension within myself, from piece to piece, that was interesting (if a little off-putting). I adored the title essay, an exploration of his grief following … [Read more...]

What I’m Reading August 2014


  Preparing for our Melbourne Writers Festival seminar, I'm reading Reservoir Dad by Clint Greagen. It is engaging, thoughtful and oh-ever-so cheeky, very much like his award-winning blog. Another MWF guest, Dave Eggers, has a new release Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do … [Read more...]

Year of Creative Engagement – July and August 2014


To explain: The Year of Creative Engagement (#yoce) is an attempt to document my creative journey in 2014. By putting greater stock in accountability and output, while also showing what new work I’m reading or listening to, I hope to have a richer, engaged experience. "What's this movie?" … [Read more...]

My Picks From The CBCA 2014 Shortlist


The kids' school had a book fair during the week and while I was there I had a flick through many of the shortlisted titles for this year's CBCA Book of the Year Awards. I only got to see a selection from the Picture Book, Early Childhood and Eve Pownall Awards and I wanted to write about my … [Read more...]