Being Creative in Survival Mode

I know that I am in an incredibly fortunate position whilst in lockdown. My stress levels are relatively low, and for the most part I am able to enjoy being stuck at home, and have the privilege of having the mental and emotional energy to be creative and productive during this time. This time last... Continue Reading →

Releasing the Pressure.

Last night I came down with a cervicogenic headache. The result of way too much time spent sitting at the computer over the past few weeks, putting unnecessary stress on myself to be productive with all this extra free time. I recently finished typing the revised edition of my book Paid To Dance: Asha’s Story... Continue Reading →

Grieve Writing Competition Entry 1

As many of you already know, in March of this year, my long term relationship ended, and with it my time living on the Gold Coast. For two years I had been caring for my fiancé, who suffered a debilitating back injury at work in January 2017. I thought the past 24 months had been... Continue Reading →

National Carers Week: My Story

One afternoon in mid-January 2017, my fiance Greg came home early from his job as a tiler with lower back pain. He took the weekend to rest up, however Monday came and the pain had not subsided. The days turned into weeks. In early March I set off on a month-long book research trip to... Continue Reading →

The Wilted Rose: Queensland Mental Health Week

6-14th October is Queensland Mental Health Week here in Australia. In my writing, I take a particular interest in exploring various human experiences and perspectives, using my writing to help to share people’s stories in the wider community. Since its publication in 2011 I've used my debut novel The Wilted Rose to help raise awareness... Continue Reading →

Ireland: 31 Days, 31 Photos. Day #5: Ballinasloe

Ballinasloe is a town in the easternmost part of County Galway in Ireland. It is one of the largest towns in County Galway with a population of approximately 7,200 people. I came to Ballinasloe to research St. Brigid's, formally the Connacht District Lunatic Asylum, opened in County Galway in 1833. Standing on the edge of the village,... Continue Reading →

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