The Victorian Writer – Travel Issue December 2014
Spider vs Twig
2012 Theme: Strength - online Arts Awards, Cancer Council Victoria www.artsawards.com.au
Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.
For a while I couldn't see what was ahead, wasn't sure where I was going. Forgot how to listen. Could only hear the click of a door as the attendant vacated the room to x-ray my cancer. Could only hear the whir and thump of that great German machine as it delivered life-saving doses of toxic radiation. Could only hear the call of my name in waiting rooms, at hospital admissions, at pathology clinics. And the drumming of the pulse in my ears as I waited for the oncologist to decipher the latest results.
in anthology 'Journey: Experiences with Breast Cancer'
Busybird, Melbourne 2012
In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.
It begins with a shadow. And in the end a shadow remains.
But I am getting ahead of myself. For there was much before that - unknown to me as it was, at the time. As the doctor said, it had to have been there for much longer. Undetected, growing. An insurgent advancing in peaceful territory. Even on an x-ray, invisible.
Circles, crescent moons and clouds in the ground '2012 Melbourne Coffee Review'
Global Review Services, Melbourne 2011
Flying birds mean good news, mountains denote problems ahead, a cat signifies a deceitful friend and a dog, a loyal one. A circle indicated success, a crescent moon implies prosperity, and dice are a warning not to take chances. Happily, a key means a matter that has appeared mysterious will soon be explained.
It seemed like a good idea at the time 'The Age, Youth Expo Careers Supplement'
It seemed like a good idea at the time all those years ago - save hard, finish the final year of my course, go overseas for a month or two and come back knowing what I wanted to do for a career. Simple plan, simple solution. Except that when I returned from snow-driven Europe to the dying days of a hot Australian summer, I didn't have all the answers. In fact I didn't have any. I had no better idea of what I wanted to do than when I'd departed, and even less idea of what a graduate could do.
'There is no time like the present to choose your career'
The Age, Youth Expo Careers Supplement
'The Job Maze: a guide for the graduate job seeker'
Phillip Institute of Technology, Coburg
'Dipping in for all abilities'
Active State, VAIC (Victorian Aquatic Industry Council)