November = LadyNerd month

While every day should be LadyNerd Day, I would like to nominate November as LadyNerd Appreciation Month. And not just because it’s my birthday. I did a bit of internetting and found a few others to help me make a go of what could be called LadyNerdvember. Catchy. If you’ve seen LadyNerd, you’ll know that I’m born on the same Read more…

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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This is an unpublished piece but it includes what are hopefully helpful ideas in listicle form.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…

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Deadlines = Lifelines

“The show doesn’t go on because it’s ready – it goes on because it’s 11.30.” – Lorne Michaels, via Tina Fey in Bossypants How do you become excellent as an artist?  Is it about freedom to fail?  Is it about pure, reflective practice or constant feedback?  Is it about trying new things regularly or doing the same Read more…

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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…

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Slapdash moves house

It’s not the sort of thing you expect to happen when you go to work. Sure, maybe your job is in itself unpredictable – maybe it’s someone’s birthday and you’ll have mudcake, maybe shit will hit the fan in accounts, maybe you’ll get sacked for reading blogs on the company dime. But one thing you probably Read more…

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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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Weekly Slapdash kicks off!

We’re doing Sydney Fringe 2014, staging Slapdash Song Night! every Sunday in September! All tix $5 at the door.  Giddiup! ANNOUNCING (some of) OUR GUESTS! Alice Fraser Blake Erickson the cast of GLORY DAYS Holly Summers-Clarke Inês Jim Fishwick Lady Sings it Better the cast of POINT AND SHOOT Pontus Aleryd Steven Kreamer and more to Read more…

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Slapdash fun times ahoy!

7pm March 2nd is our second monthly Slapdash Song Night! live show and podcast. To mark the 86th Annual Academy Awards, occurring the day after the show, the theme for this month is “At the movies”. Come down to The Record Crate (upstairs at 34 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe) and meet your very own guests: Read more…

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Thank you, Perth!

We had an amazing time at Fringe World 2014 – a sold-out run and delightfully aggressively enthusiastic audiences.  UBER NERDS UNITE WESSIIIIIDE! We also got a lovely 4.5 star write-up in The West Australian.  Thanks y’all! And we watched the sunset over the Indian Ocean – twice!  AND we ate a lot of really good Read more…

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Slapdash Song Night! – monthly in Sydney from Feb 2

It’s the first Sunday of the month and the atmosphere is ripe for musical mischief… it’s Slapdash Song Night! Yes, that fun and flighty musical variety show from Sydney Fringe 2013 is now a regular gig and podcast – the first Sunday of the month, starting February 2nd, 2014. Slapdash Song Night! is your delicious tasting plate of Read more…

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