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Writing Spirit
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My mother is a bit of a legend. She’s generous. She’s funny. She laughs a lot. She makes you feel as if you are the only one who is important in her life, though you know she makes everyone in her orbit feel this way. You know this because your... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2020 at The Tribal Tomato
Dusting off Parlour Games for Modern Families These are strange days with the global crisis around COVID-19 and I’ve been feeling compelled to write it out (as I ride it out). This is what I’m worried about as we go into lockdown: The elderly and vulnerable in our midst getting... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2020 at The Tribal Tomato
My one-day intensive 'Write your life' workshop plus traditional wood-fired oven lunch is back. It's designed for budding and emerging writers who want to start or progress a life writing project. It promises to be yummy! More information in the flyer below. Download Life writing flyer February 2020 Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2019 at The Tribal Tomato
Some great recent coverage by SBS in Australia and Meditteranean Living in the U.S. of my Ikaria experience. Being interviewed for, and writing such articles reminds me what a pivotal experience going to Ikaria was - and how it helped me create some sustainable and healthy changes to my life. Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2019 at The Tribal Tomato
The shop is filled with oversized wine barrels and old fashioned wicker baskets; strange-looking sausage casings and sharp-bladed slicers; and all manner of equipment to make and bottle your own sauce. My husband chanced on this place on the dusty outskirts of suburbia a few weeks back. I’m out here... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2019 at The Tribal Tomato
My one-day intensive 'Write your life' workshop plus traditional wood-fired oven lunch is back by popular demand. It's designed for budding and experienced writers who want to start or progress a life writing project. It promises to be yummy! More information in the flyer below. Download Life writing flyer February... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2018 at The Tribal Tomato
So you want to write about your life, but you’re not sure where to start? Maybe you have a few ideas, a bunch of notes, or perhaps even a few chapters? Now is the time to get the skills under your belt to finally write that memoir or life writing... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2018 at The Tribal Tomato
It’s been a month since the launch of my new memoir My Ikaria. The celebrations started with the book’s Melbourne launch, closely followed by the Sydney launch. There’s been some fabulous media interest, which is terribly affirming when you’ve been working on a bookish project for some years and have... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2018 at The Tribal Tomato
‘My Ikaria is a kindly wake-up call to live a more mindful, meaningful and generous life – a joy to read.’ —Alice Pung I'm delighted that my latest book, My Ikaria, is now available for purchase. Thanking all who have helped it come to fruition, from my publishers at Black... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2018 at The Tribal Tomato
The last time I took belly dancing classes was in the back room of an inner-city pub more than twenty years ago. I remember rushing from work every Tuesday so as not to be late. Many times I would be peeved because the instructor would be very late; at other... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at The Tribal Tomato
I’m was a luncheon party for a friend’s birthday recently. We were packed into a small room in a tiny terrace cafe in a middle suburb of Melbourne, waiters weaving around us. The walls resounded with waves of conversation and laughter from some dozen women, there to help our host... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at The Tribal Tomato
Creating annual reports can be daunting. The process can be derailed by challenging timelines, editing various writing styles to get a consistent voice, and the number of decision makers involved in sign off. Save yourself time and create your most dynamic annual report ever by checking out these tips. Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2017 at The Tribal Tomato
Learn to deliver concise and dynamic annual reports in this half day seminar at Writers Victoria on Friday 10 February. Find out more here. Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at The Tribal Tomato
One of the good things about getting older is you tend to wise up to your youthful, immature ways. Like how I would drink and eat myself silly through most of November and December, and then resolve to lose weight in the New Year. Enter diet/gym membership/gadget bought from telemarketing... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2016 at The Tribal Tomato
At this time, of year, I fantasise about lying on a hammock with a glass of wine. There's some crusty, just-baked bread dipped in olive oil on a table beside me. I have a great book in my hand, and more waiting where that one came from. I’ve just finished... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2016 at The Tribal Tomato
Lately, I’ve been very preoccupied with old age. Firstly, about how I might get there without falling prematurely off this mortal coil. About how I might do it without my heart limping along, my bladder packing it in, or my memory finally going completely AWOL. And, once I have the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at The Tribal Tomato
Writer and passionate traveller Margaret Taylor did my Road to Redemption 12 Step Program for Procrastinating Writers course at Writers Victoria in 2015. We made a connection and I started mentoring her last year. I’m very excited – she has just released a blog of selected writings – everything from... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2016 at The Tribal Tomato
‘I’ll come over on Thursday,’ I say to Mum over the phone. ‘Great. What time?’ ‘Around midday, when I finish teaching.’ ‘I’ve got some artichokes. You like those.’ There’s no doubt about it. I like artichokes, especially the way my mum makes them – fried in olive oil, then finished... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2016 at The Tribal Tomato
Have you ever met someone who you instantly connected to? I met this woman Tess Woods at a HarperCollins Books Australia event. We talked for about five minutes (mostly about dessert). In that time I found out that she lives in Perth, her background is Eqyptian, and that she has... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2016 at The Tribal Tomato
In a few days, it’s going to be a year since my mother had a stroke. She lost her ability to speak clearly, to put words in order, to say her loved one’s names. She forgot how to read, and for months, was confused about where everything was in her... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2016 at The Tribal Tomato
On Monday 6 June I will be running a full-day workshop on writing annual reports. It will be held at Writers Victoria, Melbourne. A well-written annual report tells a powerful story – but many people see the process (and the final product) as dry and boring. Learn to deliver concise... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at The Tribal Tomato
For years, I have been trying to get my kids to eat fakes. They titter at the rudely-named dish (it’s pronounced ‘farkhes’), and then promptly reject it. Fakes (brown lentil soup) was a staple dish of my childhood – along with other traditional Greek legume dishes including gigantes (‘giant’ beans)... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2016 at The Tribal Tomato
It's hard yakka being a creative writer. You need to be discipled. You need a hefty dose of faith. And you need to ditch the voice that says it's not good enough. What about talent I hear you ask? A bit of that doesn't go astray, but it's not top... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2016 at The Tribal Tomato
Our son turned 13 recently – and all he wanted for his birthday was a new room. It’s seems a big ask, but given the circumstances, it’s a reasonable request. Ten years ago, he was allocated the smallest room in the house simply because he was the youngest, least assertive... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2016 at The Tribal Tomato
You know it’s a comfortable friendship when you don’t panic even though your friend of 30 years (give or take a few months) is coming over to brunch and there's not much in the pantry and fridge. Herein lies the dilemma: Do you rush out to the supermarket and buy... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2015 at The Tribal Tomato