How the Birds Got Their Colours

As part of NAIDOC week, I decided to publish a story about my experience growing up in Australia as a person of European descent. Ultimately it’s a story of hope but through it I’ve tried to examine how some of the deepest fissures in our society have influenced my life.

I am of the belief that the only way to heal the immense wounds of Australia’s turbulent past is through story in all its forms, drawn from both the richness of The Dreaming and from our own individual tales as Australians. We’re a diverse group, after all.

You can read it here.

The Lifeblood of the Pacific Northwest

I wrote an article for Gobe Magazine about my week on a fishing boat with Tom Gray. I spent that week fishing and taking turns to steer the Pearl Sea. What Iearnt about salmon, trees and ecosystems changed the way I understand the world. You can read it here.

Imagination, Empathy and the Importance of Literature

In the modern world, literature is one of the few avenues that continues to develop and harness the power of our imagination. I believe it is under threat from some forms of modern technology, and can affect our ability to interact socially. A world without imagination is a world without empathy. I wrote an article for Pilerats exploring some of these ideas.

Read it here.