To my amazing back up squad, Welcome and thanks to our many new supporters. Your voices will help me get change and every single one of you is a hero. So yesterday we did the trek down to the Canberra EPIC Book Fair. I had invited the Board of Lifeline Australia to meet with me […]Read More You won’t believe what Lifeline Canberra did!
I’ve been doing almost nothing but research for the last few days (pages are my happy place) and have finally drafted us a petition letter! I’ve also realised that I was yelling at the wrong people, Lifeline Australia can’t (just like they say) , do much here – it needs to be Wollongong. So […]Read More 120! Time for a new strategy!
Writer, academic and suicide awareness advocate, Angela Williams has just posted an impassioned plea to her employer, Lifeline South Coast, on YouTube. Her video begs them to do something about the year-long campaign of workplace bullying she has been subjected to. In this video, which she describes as ‘Maybe my suicide note’, the […]Read More Lifeline is trying to kill me
Content warning: explicit discussion of suicide. http://1.media.dorkly.cvcdn.com/19/72/7c5a39a1b8d562c8100cee06b8573935.gif My body has dragged itself through some noxious filth on its way to the here and now, and getting through it has been hard work. My first suicide attempt was at 11 and my most recent seventeen years ago when l was 23. I haven’t magically stopped thinking about […]Read More When overtime is giving back
Writing memoir is an intensive process of self-examination, conducted for the most part in solitude. So winning the Affirm Press Mentorship, which included living with two editors for five days, was both exhilarating and terrifying. For weeks leading up to the residency I’ve been asking the same rhetorical questions: How do you live with the […]Read More Varuna Affirm Press Mentorship – Friday morning
Read me on wifi, I have many pictures. Yesterday the words were hard so I took the camera out into the gardens. After much thinking about how the parts combine to tell the whole, I came back inside and kicked many goals.Read More Varuna Affirm Press Mentorship – Thursday morning
You know how writing about yourself can be hard work? And how overthinking everything can lead to either tangled knots or brilliant insight?
Well, yeah. That just happened.Read More Varuna Affirm Press Mentorship – Wednesday morning
Last night I wrote on Facebook that the imposter syndrome is strong this time. It’s still strong. I recently read that ‘interesting article‘ by Luke Carman about the Australian creative industries. He makes some very big claims, including several aspersions the’Melbourne literati’. In a lecture by the provocateur, I asked the difficult questions. But now […]Read More Varuna Affirm Press Mentorship – Tuesday Morning