I remember standing in a dungeon with a slave grovelling near my feet. His shoulders were hunched down and his face took on a look, half worship, half terror, that I remember seeing many times on my stepfather’s face.Read More Sonja’s Look – excerpt from S+L
Hello to our rapidly increasing fold, Lovely to have over a thousand new supporters since the trip down to Canberra. And all that without me doing much at all. Yesterday I answered one of the most heartbreaking comments I’ve gotten in this whole nightmare. A person asked me who they call if they can’t call […]Read More We’re almost at 2500 but what a week!
Oh, my cheer squad! So many hearts to every one of you and special hi to all the new supporters. I just got home from Shrinkola and realised what you all did while I was out and about! I’m speechless. Tempted to use emojis. Got two super exciting appointments to get through tomorrow but will […]Read More 636 signatures in 24 hours!
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!
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
I’ve recently been thinking out loud about trauma and find myself using the term ‘trauma responses’. It’s a shorthand term I’ve developed over decades and so deserves defining for those not living in my head. It turns out that childhood abuse and trauma does nasty shit to the growing brain. I’m writing to you from just such a brain. […]Read More Trauma Responses – the body’s way of telling stories
Paper presented at the University of Newcastle Creative Arts Research Symposium, Newcastle, Australia, 9 June, 2016. I do not condone the use of memoir, surveillance, or any other discourse altering substances. Writing a memoir involves taking one’s life and smearing it onto the page. When you craft a memoir, it is inevitably a personal experience […]Read More Self as subject: the peculiar pickle of autobiographical higher degree research
‘Can we chat?’ ‘Yeah, sure, anytime’ is what the casual academic is meant to say when facing this question from a permanent academic: particularly one who has employed them in the past. ‘Yeah, sure’ is probably the safest answer for a casual to give to almost any request from The Faculty. You know, if they […]Read More ‘Can we chat?’: A discursive consideration of conversations between casual and permanent academics