Well hello! I’m a journalist, an author, an illustrator and a mother, and this is my space for documenting and discovering beautiful things.
I record the things in life that give me joy: my family, good food, getting out and about in Melbourne, travel, craft, and snail-mail projects. And I share beautiful things that other people create: art and photography, interior design, music, film, guerrilla art and random acts of kindness.
In 2008 I moved from Sydney, Australia, to New York City to find adventure. When I got there, I also found love. So now I’m back in Australia, living in Melbourne with a man who makes me laugh every day, our two beautiful and exhausting children (who I call Scout and Ralph on this blog, to protect their online identities), and the world’s fattest rescue cat (who I call Ruby, because that is her name).
My debut novella Airmail was published in April 2011; I’m the author of non-fiction books Talk Without Being Interrupted and Seventeen Summers; and my poetry was included in the Australian Poetry Encouragement Award anthology in 2002. Right now I’m working on a book about the snail-mail revolution.
I’m the former Editor of Nett magazine and an international magazine that I’m not allowed to name here but you can ask me about it privately if you’re interested in my portfolio. Once upon a time I worked in radio, and broadcast to more than 80 stations each day as a senior journalist and commodity analyst. When pressed, I can still do the newsreader voice.
Nowadays I freelance for print and online magazines. I’m also a copywriter and a communications consultant, which means I spend a lot of time developing strategies and writing and editing online and print copy for various corporate and not-for-profit clients.
I work mostly in watercolours and gouache. My first illustrated children’s book, Grandad and the Baby Dolphin by Wendy Milner, was published in November 2016 and won a bronze medal in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award in the Best First Book – Picture Book category.
Recently I joined ethical stationers Boots Paper as an in-house illustrator, so I look forward to sharing exciting new products with you very soon. In the meantime, a gallery of my mail-art is available here.
Come say hi
If you want to hire me, here are my contact details. I send out a monthly Snail Mail Toolkit newsletter containing mail-art templates, and you can sign up to receive those here (you’ll also receive my e-book Making Mail: 10 steps to writing letters that become keepsakes for free when you do). If you’d like to hear from me more regularly, you can subscribe to this blog by entering your email address under ‘Never miss a post’ on the right-hand side of this page.
Now it’s over to you. Tell me about you, friend.