Travel writing for Woman’s Day

Here are some of the travel pieces I wrote for Woman’s Day magazine circa 2007. This first one was from a Tasmania trip that was all about high-octane adventure (plus wine!). I’ve included my full version here because I feel the terror is more palpable in it… My hands are sweating as I look out across the treetops and over Read more…


Ada Lovelace: “enchantress of numbers”

This is a story I was asked to write for the3rdimagazine‘s women in technology special. I’ve decided to republish it here because Ada’s story is so cool and sad and interesting.   At every turn, we expect computers to be there to do our bidding. It’s hard to imagine life without mobile phones, let alone Read more…


Ultimate Science Guide

Here are a couple of pieces I wrote for RiAus’ Ultimate Science Guide at the award-winning science custom publisher Refraction Media. I was also chief sub-editor on this magazine, which is designed to help high schoolers work out what to study in upper secondary to pave their way to university and cool jobs in STEM.     <<< Return Read more…


NST youth correspondent

I won a ‘voice of youth’ competition and scored my own column in The North Shore Times circa 2006. It was aptly called ‘Rave On’ and I got to write whatever I wanted – which worked well for someone who had no interest in being controversial. Questionable copyfitting aside (Widows! Orphans! Horrible hyphenation! And so many par breaks!), it was fun. Here are Read more…


Don’t Ever Say “The Scottish Play” – Theatre, History and Superstition

This is a legit blast from the past – published April 2000 in UNSW’s Tharunka Magazine. I wrote this as a verbose and pompous undergrad Features Editor (of course, now I’m impeccably succinct and affable). I share this piece about my community theatre days because the story itself is entirely true and utterly ridiculous.   Superstitious beliefs tend to be prevalent among Read more…


Aussie TV we want on DVD

This was published at TV.com on July 29, 2010, accompanied by some great YouTube clips. Damned if the TV landscape hasn’t totally changed since then!   When being an adult seems all too difficult, there’s nothing like the warm hug of nostalgia to shield you from the real world. What better than some home-grown TV shows on DVD to Read more…


Songwriting tips from a clueless enthusiast

This is an unpublished piece but it includes what are hopefully helpful ideas in listicle form.   I have been songwriting since I was a teenager. This does not make me qualified. But it does mean I’ve been thinking about it for a long time. Oh, how I loved my songs back then – back when they were Read more…


On the rise of the nerd

I wrote this piece for Tech Digest back in the lead-up to Edinburgh Fringe 2012. They asked me to talk about why nerddom is important to me – and why, perhaps, it should be important to more people! I discovered my nerdy identity – or ‘nerdentity’, if you will – at a very young age. I Read more…


Home and Away stars: Where are they now?

This was a monster-sized slideshow I wrote for The Fix in 2014. It was a big research project because I’m far from a Home and Away expert – phew! Fun though.   Sure there’s been Hollywood break-outs Chris Hemsworth, Melissa George, and Ryan Kwanten, and a slew of others who have sustained acting careers. But Read more…


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