What to give Mum for Mother’s Day

What to give Mum for Mother’s Day

My mother died last year. We had a ‘Covid’ funeral with only ten family members in the room. Everyone else Zoomed in. While tackling the cremation arrangements, we had to write something about her to read out at the funeral service. My sister and brother stepped up and wrote two brilliant speeches which included stories […]

Using notes to fill in the memory gap

Using notes to fill in the memory gap

How many times have you attended a funeral and thought “I didn’t know that about them!” When we look at life stories, we often only know facets of a person from everyday interactions and conversations, or through sharing a special event. But there is always a lot more to each and every person we meet, […]

Gifts and the 21st-century dad

Gifts and the 21st-century dad

Australia’s Father’s Day celebrations this year will be a little different because of COVID-19 lockdowns around the nation. Instead of picnics, barbeques, and trips to the beach, many dads will celebrate on their own or use Zoom, Facetime, or a myriad of other devices to connect with their loved ones. There are 4.6 million dads […]

Finding memoir inspiration in heritage and history

Finding memoir inspiration in heritage and history

During the middle of winter, 1786, a 26-year-old Londoner named William Eggleton used the cover of thick fog to break into a man’s house in Southwark and stole three woollen coats and a black silk cloak. His crime earned him a berth on what became known as The First Fleet, and a free eight-month trip […]

Intuition leads to a life story

Intuition leads to a life story

It seems to me that life story writing is something you fall into after years of life experience and other forms of writing. At least, that’s how it happened for me. I’ve been a freelance writer, a copywriter, short story writer and fiction novelist. Four years ago I needed another source of income and while […]

Living my dream

Living my dream

I’ve lived and breathed storytelling all my life, both as a career and a hobby. Stories poured from my pencil as soon as I mastered the alphabet and continued throughout my childhood. In high school, I founded and ran the school magazine, and at uni, I wrote articles for the student newspapers. From an early […]