I started 2020 watching a friend broadcast live as he and his family fled one of the hundreds of bushfires that were burning around the time of New Years Day. He returned to find is house completely destroyed. With the rolling news coverage and the escalating disaster and lack of empathy from the Prime Minister … Continue reading The way 2020 panned out for me …… (in pictures)
He was big for an 11 year old. He sat at the front of class, just off to the side, by himself. It was the second day of my school workshops for Children’s Book week and the last school I was visiting for the day. We were up to the activity part of the session … Continue reading The Courage to Stand Up
Even if you don't know what you're doing.Show up. If you don't know where to start or how to do something… ask.Show up. Don’t post or write about your anxiety or how bad life is unless you've pushed through or learned something from it that day.Show up. Your fears, doubt and anxious thoughts will want … Continue reading Show up
I celebrated the launch of my latest kid's book head down in the veggie garden, vomiting my guts up and I promise it wasn’t because of too many cupcakes and fairy bread. It was anxiety. Not the amazing butterflies in the tummy nerves you get before you step on stage and present to 100 or … Continue reading How launching a book during a pandemic made me sick
I thought we’d reached peak overwhelm during the bushfire disasters in January, but now that seems a distant memory compared to what’s going on now. I don’t need to compile a detailed list of all that’s currently happening - you know it, you’re living it. It’s in the aisles of the supermarkets, it’s in the … Continue reading Trying to find stable ground when everything is collapsing
A few years ago, I decided to ditch my award winning radio advertising job, and start taking the message of my children's book, 'Being You is Enough’ to primary school kids across Western Australia. So instead of boardroom niceties, I’ve now get called fat, told I'm old and a liar and I get farted at … Continue reading From the boardroom to the playground, The unconventional life of a children’s author on tour.
Life has a way of sneaking up on you. I'd always wanted my #writerslife to be full and overflowing with opportunities to meet new people, to visit new places, share my books and talk to kids and adults about what matters in life. And make money while doing it. So while I was busy over … Continue reading Schools, Prisons, Podcasts, Interviews, Guest judging, Guest Speaker and Wildflowers… It’s all part of a #writerslife
It's not often I'm lost for words. I mean I use them for a living. I do talks and workshops, I write books, articles and try and do facebook posts without any typos - I can't afford to be lost for words! However for the first time in my life I found myself looking like … Continue reading What happens when you meet your idol.
Festival director of the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival has invited me to run a Find Your Creative Mojo workshop with Andy Macleod at this years festival. The Margs festival has been an old favourite of mine and Andy and I had such a great response when we ran the Find Your Creative Mojo … Continue reading Mojo Workshop part of the Biggest Writers Festival Outside of Perth
Back in 2001, this used to be called 'Fuel Bar'. After only a year of messing around with abstract painting techniques, I held an exhibition there as part of the Art Rage Fringe Festival. The festival was asking for submissions from new and experimental artists and I thought 'stuff it' and sent them some photos … Continue reading Find Your Own Lane