How to Make Gravy

I am old enough to recall going to the Herdsman Hotel in Perth in 1990, to catch the last set of a Paul Kelly gig before leaving for Europe. No queue, no charge. All the time I lived in Europe, which was pretty much all of the 90’s, I never stopped playing his music.  It …

Book cover image, ISBN number – do we have lift-off?

As you may know, I am using my few more days in Melbourne as thinking time, rounding off time, getting things squared away. It certainly feels very indulgent to have so much time to myself and my projects! No housework, no school wash, no work, no worries.  My big to-do list item was making final …

What Happens to Inquiry Recommendations? Is this a dumb question?

I have been doing a lot of thinking this week about accountability and what happens to Inquiries when their voluminous reports are released.  Specificically I have been thinking about the Recommendations from the West Australian Inquiry into the Prosecution of Assaults and Sexual Offences undertaken several years ago now; the above link is to the 2008 …

Speaking out – again

Many many moons after my early brush with The West, I once again was contacted, through channels that are hard to be clear about (probably old online references to Reclaiming Voices) to contribute to a GP magazine. Hold on a minute, GPs.  I run a not for profit that supports women’s choices, including homebirth.  Not …

The Press – Whose Story?

One of the defining experiences for me in wanting to write my book, was my early brush with the media. I had always had it in my mind that I would speak up about my experiences, once all the legal processes had been completed and there were no possible repercussions on that front.   Hell my …

Discovering Perth’s writing sub-culture

Having grown up in Perth in the 60s and 70s I was conditioned to know that to be creative, you had to get out of Perth. In 1979 I was extremely fortunate as a 14 year old to travel to Europe, and my fate was sealed. I left Perth for Europe in 1990, returning only …