Category Archives: News

Crossing the Southern Ocean

What a two-week Antarctic voyage does: Shakes you up Lays you out Slows you down Turns you in. It was a surreal fortnight, carried across 5000km of ocean in the belly of the great metal beast – the Aurora Australis … Continue reading

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Departure imminent

Going to Antarctica is one big roller coaster. Arrived Hobart Sunday. Two days of training at the Australian Antarctic Division, which mostly consisted of graphic descriptions (with illustrations) of the various ways you can hurt yourself or die. Have now … Continue reading

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Living in Antarctica

It’s now official – together with screenwriter Jane Allen, I’ve been awarded the 2018/19 Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship.  This is the journey of a lifetime – setting out on one of the final trips of the Aurora Australis icebreaker from Hobart on … Continue reading

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Sixty Seconds: a book that demanded

Some book ideas bang on the door. Some tap gently. In Big Magic, author Elizabeth Gilbert says that when ideas come knocking, they don’t hang around forever – you need to commit to them or they’ll move off and find … Continue reading

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A dream with wheels

In 2014, Dave Eggers – author, storyteller, publisher and radical ambassador for kids’ creativity (not to mention mind behind the best book title ever: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius) visited Sydney and spoke about his work on youth literacy … Continue reading

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Heading south… in a roundabout way

Two thirds through my journey home and wildly disoriented already. It’s late afternoon Wednesday in Honolulu, 26 degrees, and I’m sipping a cup of tea in bed, feeling zombie-ish and between time zones… In San Francisco where I spent the … Continue reading

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Alaska: bottom-on-seat-time

Arrived in Sitka late on Friday 17 Feb, after a slow three-flight island hop around southeast Alaska –  enlivened by some superb Alaskan views from the plane. Tottered up the frosty midnight path to our home for (nearly) a month – … Continue reading

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