Strawberries in the Desert

Story telling from Australia

Mentors and teachers

Budding writers need encouragement – masses of it. Insecurity goes with the territory of long hours spent alone, scribbling away without anyone telling you it’s time well spent. So often, … Continue reading

June 15, 2015 · 4 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

No Naughty Bits?

What on earth made me say it? And having said it, WHY didn’t I retract it? Here’s what happened. I was interviewed by Macca last Sunday. For anyone not familiar … Continue reading

June 26, 2014 · 8 Comments


I’m an optimist. If one plant dies, I know another will grow. There was a time when I lost sight of that optimism. There was no sign of a strawberry … Continue reading

February 20, 2014 · 8 Comments

Music to my ears

I’m grateful to JR Benjamin for reminding me in a recent post on The Bully Pulpit what an excellent – and prolific – writer Clive James is. He’s an avid reader too, with … Continue reading

January 23, 2014 · 4 Comments

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