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A Floating World

how we live is what makes us real. Cropped. Photograph by Annie Spratt

This blog is about some of the things I love: writing, reading, creating – coloured by my passions for human rights, inclusivity, elevating social hope, and amplifying diverse voices and stories.

This blog represents a collection of my writing including:

  • – musings and reflections (some will be creative pieces, some will be researched non-fiction)
  • – excerpts from published works
  • – fiction
  • – non-fiction
  • – reviews
  • – insights to my art
  • – a look at my current reading delights.

The blog is equipped with comments so that you can be a part of a conversation, if you choose.

Adele: A bookworm

Towards the end of 2019, I realised my reading had become almost exclusively non-fiction. This was influenced by my work, studies, and human rights advocacy and project commitments. In valuing self care, curiosity, and loving the global and local writing communities, I am trying to keep a more expansive reading…

Commodifying diversity

Reflecting on what it means to be disadvantaged in the literary field I hope many writers, artists, and readers will watch or have watched award-winning memoirist, novelist, and editor Alice Pung’s address at the 2021 “State of the (Writing) Nation” on 16th November 2021.”The State of the (Writing) Nation is…

Domestic, family, relational, gender-based violence or abuse

Resources, Support Services, Counselling, Helplines, Crisis Support, and More For people living with or experiencing domestic, family, relational, sexual violence or abuse. Some services and Resources also provide support for those who have escaped the situation or relationship. Many services also provide support to those who know or suspect someone…
how to endo

Book Review: how to endo

A guide to surviving and thriving with endometriosis Bridget Hustwaite It does what it says on the cover: How to Endo serves as an accessible guide to surviving and thriving with endometriosis. Perhaps what is most valuable about this book is how it provides localised insight to the Australian medical and complementary support systems.…
Women of a certain rage

Book Review: Women of a Certain Rage

Anthology Introduced by Liz Byrski Authors: Anne Aly, Nadine Browne, Nandi Chinna, Claire G. Coleman, Carrie Cox, Eva Cox, Sarah Drummond, Carly Findlay, Goldie Goldbloom, Rafeif Ismail, Margot Kingston, Jay Martin, Meg McKinley, Olivia Muscat, Mihaela Nicolescu, Renee Pittitt-Schipp, Fiona Stanley, Victoria Midwinter Pitt, Jane Underwood, Julienne van Loon This…
Eye of a rook

Book Review: Eye of a Rook

Josephine Taylor I loved this book. I was engrossed and became increasingly anxious to discover the conclusion. Eye of a Rook provides a window into the twin chronicles of two women facing achingly similar challenges across a span of time that should have brought more change but had not. This debut novel…

A podcast that delves into the journeys of women from around so-called Australia and their reflections on their core values, vulnerability, holding their own definition of success, and what it means to be a woman, cracks and all: because never hurting, falling, or grieving isn’t what makes Wonder Women. Read more.

Publications

Major Works In Progress

Yin Yang fern. Image by Mario Dobelmann.

I am currently researching and developing two major projects

  • A collection of women’s stories, exploring their defining moments, challenging the definition of success, and celebrating the ways in which they have and continue to leave a mark on those around them. Women (including trans and femmes), GNC, NB, iand intersex people continue to hold up half the sky but their stories do not fill half our shelves or half the pages we read. Excerpts from interviews and conversations will be featured in the podcast.
  • A consideration of the multiplicity of lives with experiences of family, domestic, and gendered violence. The impacts reach beyond boundaries and into our futures, perhaps seeded in the legacy of living in Australia, made with violence upon many lands of First Peoples. 

I am developing a collection of short stories inspired by fairy-tale and mythology to explore dark themes and the edges of our potential for different ways forward. 

My poetry plays with form, imagery, and lyricism to explore and challenge definitions, identity, and existence. 

My visual art practice incorporates the underlying philosophy of wabisabi and melding of traditional and contemporary methods, recognising that we all straddle multiple ways and worlds, not just those of us consigned to the obvious membership of cultural diaspora. I challenge the idea that cracks, fragility, visibility of broken history are synonymous with lesser beauty or value. Much like trauma, mistakes and difficult experiences, these form our valuable and idiosyncratic stories and inform our present and future potential.