Such a rebel

Melbourne spring rebellion 2019 When I was in Grade 4 my class did a project on the suffragettes. At first, my friends and I were not impressed. ‘What even are the suffragettes?’ we said. Half an hour later we loved the suffragettes! We couldn’t believe women weren’t allowed to vote. We thought the hunger-strikes were… Read Post »

54 762631

Today I found out that my dad got rid of the land-line at his house. It’s the house I grew up in, and the phone number I grew up with too. 54 762631 I have a lot of feelings and stories. When we first got the number, it was shorter – six digits was all that… Read Post »

Things my maths teacher told me

(The image shows a painting of Florence Nightingale holding a lamp.) When I was in year 12 I wrote a ‘quote of the day’ in my school diary. Sometimes the quotes were from famous people like Oscar Wilde (he was terribly witty and sometimes it feels good to copy that stuff down with a pen). Sometimes the quote… Read Post »

I’m from the country and I reckon you can still tell

I grew up in Central Victoria. I’ve now lived in Melbourne for almost as long as I lived in the country but the feeling of being a bit rural has never left me. Below are some things that country kids do when they hit the big smoke. (I’m going to act like I speak for… Read Post »

Nerd Camp Nostalgia

For many people their first trip to Nerd Camp is an emotional life experience slightly more intense than the birth of a child. It is not surprising that school camps are highly charged occasions as they involve teenagers living in close quarters trying to touch each other with mixed results. This happens at Nerd Camp… Read Post »

Bully

I read an article about bullying today that I really liked. “The world isn’t neatly divided into bullies and the bullied; all victims conceal sins, and all villains carry sorrows and scars.” I try to write about characters who sometimes do genuinely crap things because I have done crap things that I regret. I was… Read Post »

Writer of the Week

When I was in Prep I was the first kid in my class to be proclaimed Writer of the Week for my story about the bush fires. I was given a badge and a strong boost to my ego. I didn’t see it as a temporary honour but as a permanent part of who I… Read Post »

Fan mail

When I was in Grade 6 we did a project where we researched a profession we were interested in. I wanted to be many things when I grew up, including a police rescue worker and a lawyer, but I decided to research being an author. I wrote to one of my favorite authors, Robin Klein,… Read Post »

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