The gold of a northern autumn

The wonder of coming from the tropics and living a northern autumn! Crunchy leaves, chilly cheeks, molten light, and cooking with extra cinnamon. Went foraging…

Mapping my soul in Amsterdam

I’m home from a mid-week pop-across-the-channel to Amsterdam: it was obviously awful. Horrible autumnal weather. Rubbish company. Hideous little nooks pop up everywhere offering books near-to-free, and…

Life lately: Frida, flocks, and flowers

“I paint flowers so they will not die.” A few treasures and flowers from my garden for Frida Kahlo, born on this day in 1907.…

At the edge of the ocean

“Memory is the fourth dimension to any landscape.” — Janet Fitch When I was a kid this is what all the edges and corners of…

Varuna: a writing residency dream come true

Two weeks ago I rolled up the petal-strewn driveway of Varuna, the National Writers’ House with my breath held, 20kgs of research books occupying most of my…

Coming home

After travelling for two nights top to bottom of the Earth, we stumbled out into daylight, rubbing our eyes. To my teary joy and wonder,…

A braid of homes

Although it wanders far, my heart is made of Southern Hemisphere constellations, Australian Western Desert red dirt, and Pacific Ocean saltwater. My treasured friend, the utterly…

Stubborn gladness: September

“We must have the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless furnace of this world.” – Jack Gilbert. Five little things I’ve found to…

Postcards from a blackberry Saturday sunset

Whenever I come across wild blackberries on my travels, I’m a Queensland kid again with grubby knees, a long plait, and salty skin, hiding half…

Weekend wanders

Is that a bunny in my pocket, or am I just giddy from a forecast-shattering, unexpectedly summery August Saturday in northern England?! Additional top 10…