On Saturday I pushed my baby’s pram, power-walking as I urged my 5 year-old to keep up. He hopped along beside me, rugged up in two jumpers and a beanie. My husband had rushed back to the car to get a forgotten glow-in-the-dark sword for my 5 year-old. My breath puffed clouds of frozen air… Continue reading Lismore Lantern Parade
Last night I had a dream. I was in a suburb renowned for its social housing and low socioeconomics. There were four boys, around 10 years of age. They grabbed a pile of my clean, folded washing and threw it in a puddle. Although they were much shorter than me, they all came towards me… Continue reading The Power of Books
My family and I live in a rural, mountainous area of The Northern Rivers. The land is rainforests and macadamia nut farms, peppered with small villages. A short drive from my home along the narrow, winding road is a Thai temple. As you first enter, a thick carpet of green grass comes in to view, with… Continue reading Community and Sticky Rice.
‘People need to go outside their comfort zones to create great work.’ This was the advice of Kate Tempest (spoken-word poet / rapper / playwright / novelist / generally-all-round-amazing-human-being) who I saw ‘In Conversation’ at Byron Bay Community Theatre a few weeks ago. I sat there nodding my head as I listened. This was just what I… Continue reading Stepping out of the comfort zone.