Polly Phillips: Writing As Therapy

Polly Phillips: Writing As Therapy

I'm so excited to introduce this week's writer in the attic, début author, Polly Phillips, as we recently spent a balmy Perth evening together, along with another couple of Perth authors, talking writing and books and life. Polly’s post today continues those themes...

Irma Gold: The Ideas Tree

Irma Gold: The Ideas Tree

I have a little story about this post: About three years ago, I asked Irma if she'd like to write a post for the attic. She said words to the effect of: 'I'd love to, but would you mind waiting until my novel is published?' It's been a long time but I'm thrilled to...

Josephine Taylor: On Being Disappointed

Josephine Taylor: On Being Disappointed

The stories in this series often inspire—stories of disappointment and rejection that ultimately led to success. Today’s post embodies all of that and more. Josephine Taylor didn't set out to be a writer, but after vulvodynia completely upended her life plans, forcing...

How to Start Writing

How to Start Writing

Back in the day, I used to blog quite regularly (I wrote about that here), mainly because it enabled me to put my thoughts and experiences into words, and publish them without asking anyone's permission. I liked, too, that I could edit a post after pressing Publish,...

2020 Stocktake

2020 Stocktake

At the risk of repeating what everyone else is saying, I’m pretty sure most of us will be waving a hearty good riddance to 2020 at midnight tonight, booting it over the nearest horizon and hoping for a kinder 2021. A year without a new pandemic is high on my priority...

Rose Van Son: Unravelling the Self

Rose Van Son: Unravelling the Self

In the attic this week is my dear friend, Western Australian poet, Rose Van Son. Rose is a huge supporter of the WA writing community, so I'm thrilled to be able to share her words here in the attic. In this post, Rose write about her childhood memories, her love of...

Rebecca Higgie: Writing in Secret

Rebecca Higgie: Writing in Secret

I'm thrilled to have Rebecca Higgie, début novelist and winner of the 2019 Fogarty Literary Award, join me in the attic today. Oh gosh, I can't tell you how much I related to her post. As I read, I was reminded of the years I wrote in secret, and of the many times...