The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid's Tale, a series based on Margaret Atwood's 1985 book, has just been released in Australia. Last night I streamed it, determined to watch only the first episode and have an early night. Of course, that didn't happen. What ended up occurring was I watched all ten episodes. It was confronting and terrifying,  yet... Continue Reading →


Hunger-Roxane Gay

I have just finished 'Hunger' by Roxane Gay, and am feeling a plethora of emotions. I too have had a complicated history with food, created by trauma. I was on an eating disorder unit at fourteen, and rather than healing, I learnt a heap of new tricks to stave off weight. I chose to starve... Continue Reading →

The Good Girl Stripped Bare

I have just finished The Good Girl Stripped Bare (ABC Books), by Tracey Spicer, and have a cacophony of emotions coarsing through me. There is utter outrage at what Tracey endured -including being sacked via email from her job as news anchor after having a baby- and sadness, frustration, incredulity and a deep gratitude that... Continue Reading →

The Secret Garden

I was asked along to a talk at the North Sydney Community Centre this past week, to hear Wendy Whiteley and the esteemed journalist, Janet Hawley, talk about the paradise behind the lush tome, Wendy Whiteley and the Secret Garden. Janet has written a heartfelt and intelligent book about her friend, and also of the... Continue Reading →

Amazing Writers, Editors and Illustrators to Check Out! (Part 2)

I had the most extraordinary editor on my book. Not only is she a guiding editorial light, but she is an artist/illustrator and writer! Her name is Anne Van Alkemade and she can be found via Facebook. Marisa Alo is a marvellous writer and illustrator and can be contacted on her website. Sognia Vassallo-Sime has... Continue Reading →

Amazing Writers, Editors and Illustrators to check out! (Part 1)

I am blessed to know many talented people. Not only are they remarkable writers, they are wonderful human beings. They have a high level of integrity and produce beautiful work. Check them out! Michelle C. Monaghan  is an extraordinarily kind human being, and you can find her website by clicking on her name. She also has... Continue Reading →

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