Strawberries in the Desert

Story telling from Australia

Do we value farming?

I’ve just bought an eighth of a cow from a farmer on the Liverpool Plains. It was delivered direct to our door in Sydney in clearly labelled pre-packed bags, ready … Continue reading

February 4, 2016 · 6 Comments

You can’t eat coal

Attempts to grow food in thin raised beds at the back of our Sydney house often feel futile. With its small concrete patio overshadowed on all sides, our tiny plot … Continue reading

July 9, 2015 · 13 Comments

What good is a library?

Public libraries are surely one of the cornerstones of a democratic society, havens of solace and joy offering free entertainment and endless discovery. Magic happens when you pick a book … Continue reading

May 29, 2015 · 9 Comments

Why I wrote this book

Natasha Mitchell (host of Life Matters on Radio National, 9am every weekday morning) interviewed two of the extraordinary farmers featured in my new book, Australian Farming Families. ‘So, Deb Hunt, why did you … Continue reading

April 22, 2015 · 8 Comments

The Pontiff on scones

I’m not a Catholic so I wouldn’t normally quote the Pope but I caught a quick sound bite from the Pope’s Easter address, just three words, and they were simple … Continue reading

April 9, 2015 · 7 Comments

Look what arrived in the post

Fifteen precious author copies of Australian Farming Families arrived in the post yesterday and two and a half years of work were forgotten when I unpacked the box, lifted the … Continue reading

April 1, 2015 · 14 Comments

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