Strawberries in the Desert

Story telling from Australia

The Bard in the Bush

It was William Shakespeare’s birthday this week. He was born 450 years ago and I’m a big fan. I could go on (and on) about the beauty of his poetry, the … Continue reading

April 24, 2014 · 10 Comments

The Long Journey Home

I was in Nyngan this week when I received news of Jane Lambert’s death. The call came just as wide bands of colour flared in the sky, marking sunset over … Continue reading

December 19, 2013 · 12 Comments

A Christmas Story

Twenty years ago, almost to this very day, I travelled with Django Zazou to northern France, heading for Jane Lambert’s bitterly cold house, which lacked any appreciable heating, had no … Continue reading

December 12, 2013 · 4 Comments

Dear Me

I’m writing a memoir, not because I’m famous but because the publisher thinks I have a story to tell. If I’m honest, so do I. But there’s the rub. Honesty. My … Continue reading

September 5, 2013 · 12 Comments

The Power or the Glory

The two women I met this week, one on a dairy farm three hours west of Melbourne, another on a sheep farm two hours north, sought neither power nor glory … Continue reading

August 9, 2013 · 6 Comments

The people you meet

In a week when nineteen fire fighters died battling wild fires in Arizona I want to tell you about a woman I met yesterday, right here in Broken Hill. Vivien … Continue reading

July 5, 2013 · 2 Comments

I'm a writer based in Australia with a passion for gardening, remote places and people with a story to tell.