Hello!

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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.

My story

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 writing

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.

My pictures 

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.

23 comments

  • debbrightandprecious

    I love your About Me page! I love your story. :)

  • Pascale Eva Sameli

    I love your blog!
    I want to meet your travelling dog and your fat recued cat!

  • Rachel

    Hi Naomi, I completely love your ‘about me’ page, and I feel like I know you some, just from reading. You made me smile and just for the record, I think our rescue cat might be slightly more rotund than yours…. let’s compare! Love your blog. Thank you for sharing, I’ll be following your findings!
    -Rach

    • Naomi Bulger

      Hi Rach, so lovely of you to say these things! Let’s compare fat cats some day: ours was referred to an obesity clinic by the vet. Oh the indignity!

  • Anya

    It’s such a wonderful “about” page, Naomi :-) Love your writing!

  • Ethel

    Love your site! <3

  • Owen

    Thank you for the mention, the pics are great! If you need another Slider fix make sure to find us.

  • John

    Hi, I subscribe to your newsletter but don’t seem to be receiving it. Is it possible to get the last back issue?

    • Naomi Bulger

      Hi John, absolutely! I just checked and you signed up after the last one went out, but I have resent it to you just now. Let me know if you don’t receive it! Cheers, Naomi

  • Colette File

    I just discovered your blog through Pinterest and subscribed to your monthly newsletter. I also gave you my address to receive one of your 1,000 postcards. What a great project. I am 67 years old and I have written letters since I was about 10 years old. It is a dying art and I now correspond with only three people. I look forward to your next newsletter. Best regards from the U.S.
    Colette

    • Naomi Bulger

      It’s so lovely to hear from you Colette, thank you for reaching out! I hope you enjoy the newsletter and I look forward to writing you a postcard. Hopefully we can revive letter-writing so it will no longer be a dying art! x

    • Kathy stephens

      Love the list art of letter writing. Taught it to my classes of children for 20 years.

  • Valerie A Vaganek

    GM. I love your blog and ur snail mail and… all of it! Thank you for all of it. I’m trying to subscribe to your newsletter but it doesn’t go through. Suggestions? My email is vvaganek13@gmail.com. Thanks for any help you can provide.

  • ANGELA BROWN

    Hello
    Please can you kindly tell me if you do commissions?
    Many thanks
    Angela

  • ANGELA BROWN

    That is great news Naomi- what is the best email address for you please?
    Many thanks
    Angela

  • Carolyn

    I’m an old mail art fan, so neat to find your site! Do you welcome snailmail? If so, I’d love to send you something, but would need an address. Just let me know!

    • Naomi Bulger

      Thank you for asking – of course I welcome snail-mail. I love it! My contact details are linked above (where I say “Come and say hi”) or else you can hover over the “Hello” button in my menu to get to them.

  • Katherine

    Hi! I just discovered your blog/instagram and I also signed up for your newsletter. Is it possible to get past printables?

    • Naomi Bulger

      Hi Katherine, I’m so happy you’ve signed up. Thank you! And to answer your question, yes. I’ll shortly pull together a “best of” collection of past printables so people can access them no matter when they’ve signed up.

  • Daniella Chanelle

    I found your blog trough Pinterest, and this is so exiting! I love your mail art and I’ve subscribed to your newsletter to hear more about what you have to share for interesting things about snailmailing.

    Greetings from a Swede in UK. xx

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