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Byron writers’ festival 2019

Back in August, I attended the 2019 Byron Writers’ Festival and was blown away by the quality, quantity and diversity of the speakers. From Peter Greste to Tim Flannery to Jess Hill, I was in awe of their confidence and conviction. The weather was beautiful (of course) and the silk scarves billowing in the sunshine… continue reading »



The portal

The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines a portal as a door or entrance which is large or imposing. I’m sure they’re referring to a physical structure but there’s a metaphorical meaning, too. What if the ‘portal’ or ‘gateway’ to our subconscious mind and the richness of our imagination could be accessed by re-setting our brainwaves? Apparently,… continue reading »



A square peg in a round hole

  Do you sometimes feel like you’re a square peg in a round hole? Like you just don’t fit somehow? Well, welcome to the club. As a kid, I danced around the house, had imaginary friends and refused to learn how to read or write until I went to school. Consequently, I found the first… continue reading »



Furious fiction

Have you ever participated in a short-story competition? Well, I did when I was at school, but it’s been many years since I’ve summoned up the courage to enter one as an adult. Recently, I bit the bullet and submitted a story about a girl who becomes involved in a missing-persons case but that’s still… continue reading »



Do you have a writers’ group?

As you may or may not be aware, I’m part of a writers’ group and it’s made all the difference to my work! It’s improved my confidence, given me ideas and made me think about things from a different perspective. Another thing it’s afforded me is the opportunity to flex my mental and creative muscles…. continue reading »



You’ve got to be in it to win it

    Have you heard this recently? Or what about another commonly used phrase: You only get out what you put in. The problem is, for people who are a little more introspective than most, promoting themselves is quite scary. They have no issue with putting in the ‘hard-yards’, but entering competitions, attempting to be published and… continue reading »



Seize the day

The other night, I was curled up in bed, scrolling through Facebook when I noticed some people trying to round up a group to watch the Blood Moon early the next day. Since I hate early mornings, I wished them well and hoped for their sake that the predicted cloud bank wouldn’t hide her face. Switching… continue reading »



Training wheels

              When I was a little kid, my sister and I would ride our bikes around, teetering from side to side, which our training wheels corrected. At five, my sister, who was ten minutes younger than me, removed hers, and started to explore our very picturesque, yet hilly, neighbourhood…. continue reading »



How to host a book launch

Hi there, today’s article is all about how to host your own book launch. I’ve had two and, while that doesn’t make me an expert, I’ve certainly got some experience to draw on which should be helpful. Here are my tips and tricks on how to host a successful (and enjoyable) book launch: Practical Tips:… continue reading »



How to write poetry: line stress and syllables

Hi there, I hope you enjoyed the exercises in previous blog posts. If you haven’t checked them out, go back and start from the beginning. In this session, we’ll talk about how to look at patterns in rhyming poetry. I’ll give you two stanzas of a poem I wrote called ‘The Platypus’ from my book… continue reading »