Category: Writing

Micro-history delivered, see the video!

Signed, folded, delivered – over 300 copies of my tiny booklet have been hand delivered and a video is online. Locals living around Coburg Lake, in the area…

Miniature zine non-fiction poetry

I have been commissioned by the UNESCO Melbourne City of Literature Office to create a micro-history  of Coburg Lake Reserve. This image is a sample of what the…

Looking at photos with the RHSV Writing Group

I recently joined a new writing group at the Royal Historical Society of Victoria. Each meeting has a theme, and at the first meeting we were also given…

Forgetting the horse and cart

I am working on an essay about the fate of horse drawn carriages in Victoria, and contemporary ideas about them. So far, I have visited the Beechworth Carriage…

Excellent horse-shoe collection, Cooper’s Settlement, Bundoora Farm Park

I love hunting down traces of horse era in Melbourne. If time travellers from the nineteenth century were to arrive, one of their first questions would be “where…

Map to nowhere, showing a village that never was

This is a photo I took recently at Coopers Settlement, Bundoora Farm Park, in suburban Melbourne. I was the only visitor there, and the site hasn’t changed much…

Non-fiction writing workshop with Sarah Krasnostein

I recently attended a workshop on Voice in Creative Non-Fiction presented by Kill Your Darlings literary magazine, . The workshop was led by Sarah Krasnostein, author of the…

Photo essay under construction

I am working on a photo essay – There is Something Under the Asphalt – based on images from the City of Sydney Archives,  Most of the images…

Victorian Community History Award

I am delighted that the Wangaratta Stories exhibition that I curated as the Roving Curator for Museums Australia (Victoria), in collaboration with Wangaratta Art Gallery and Wangaratta Historical…

Summon the Living, digital story about bells

My second story as a Guest Curator for the Victorian Collections website, Summon the Living, bells from Victorian community collections has been published, continuing a series I am…

Another Night, digital story about the history of lighting

Another Night, digital story about the history of lighting Another Night, A short history of lighting, illustrated through Victoria’s cultural collections was my first story as a Guest…

Old Melbourne Gaol

In 2015 I spent eight weeks in a cell at Old Melbourne Gaol, in a series of intermittent ‘escapes’ to my temporary writing studio. In that time I…

Over the Wall, second prize Moreland Story Competition

I wrote a short story responding to the theme ‘A Hundred Years Ago’, and won runner up in the Moreland Story Prize (adults section). My story is about…

Postcard and invite Nillumbik Ekphrasis 2014

Second prize Ekphrasis poetry prize

I was very excited to receive second prize in the Nillumbik Ekphrasis Poetry Prize. My poem Softly Now, inspired by the artwork War and Peace by textile artist…

Notes on shadows in historic photographs, and selected bibliography

How I got interested in shadows I visit a lot of museums as part of my job, many of them hold photographs and artefacts relating to late nineteenth…