Monday, July 11, 2016

So Long and Thanks For All The Fish

After over seven years and some 1100 events, it's with #allthefeels that I will be leaving Queensland Writers Centre at the end of July. It has been a critical and pivotal part of my creative practice, professional development, and, truth be told, my identity, and I'll be sad to say goodbye. So this is some self-indulgent naff as I take a step out of the arts world for a time.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Reviewers’ Choice: Top 3 reads for 2015

I've been very fortunate to review for Australia's science fiction literary magazine Aurealis. It features fantastic original work from Australia's best writers, reviews and commentary about the industry, and every month I'm able to read the latest in SF publications and share my thoughts on them. Here are my top 3 picks from my readings 2015:

Friday, July 31, 2015

LadyParts Podcast Episode 3: Macbeth

As a creator and as a curator, representation and access are two critical issues I consider in all of my
projects, and the in the projects I work with.

Representation: exploring and challenging representations of Australian stories, recognising that there is no universal experience, and economically, geographically, and socially isolated communities have as much to contribute to the cultural landscape, if not more so. Showcasing new voices and new stories is important in developing a nuanced and vibrant cultural community, and there is a gross under-representation of women, people of colour, and people with disabilities within publishing and production, both as creators and characters.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Bees Review

To the casual observer a beehive is the model of order and functionality – a society built to support itself. Each bee with a purpose and a place, each with a contribution and personally responsible for the success, or failure, of their community.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

LadyParts Episode 2: JurassicWorld

Have you ever loved a book so much it informed your life? Jurassic Park was that book. I first read
the book after seeing the movie when I was 11, and I lost my bundle. It wasn't a particularly big bundle (I was only 11), but it was one of those movies that tapped into something internal. I'd always had a thing for dinosaurs and this fuelled the passion (so to speak). When I read the book a year later, more bundles were dropped. Michael Crichton introduced me to a swathe of ideas my tiny 12-year old brain was not ready for - chaos theory, God-complex, biological imperative...and more dinosaurs. This book changed the way I looked at decision-making, authority figures, and conservation. It inspired my interest complex reasoning, animal rights (don't laugh), and critical thinking.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Lady Parts Episode 1: Mad Max: Fury Road

Not-so-secret project is officially out in the world! Over the past few months, friend and colleague Sophie Overett and I have been developing a new podcast title Lady Parts: Girls on (genre) film exploring the roles of women in front of and behind the cinematic camera.