On the Eve of Fifty

On the Eve of Fifty

I'm about to turn fifty. Half a century, a milestone. An age I once thought of as ancient.  Until this birthday, I've not worried about my age, not ever. The number of years I'd been alive had never made me feel old. When I was a child, I'd felt differently,...

Threasa Meads: Being Brave As A Writer

Threasa Meads: Being Brave As A Writer

I'm proud to welcome writer and artist, Threasa Meads, to the attic this week. Please read on for a beautiful piece about being brave in your writing. Threasa is the author of two liminal autobiographies, Nobody and Mothsong (Rare Bird Books, 2016), and a visual...

Teena Raffa-Mulligan: A Writing Life

Teena Raffa-Mulligan: A Writing Life

Teena Raffa-Mulligan has stepped into the attic today and gives us another beautiful essay in this series. The honesty and simplicity with which she tells the story of what writing has meant to her will move you. Teena is a reader, writer...

Midweek Moment #62: Simple Beauty

Midweek Moment #62: Simple Beauty

As I have more than one photo this week, I'll start with Monique's, which she took while in Tasmania a couple of weeks ago. Walking through the rainforest in cold, wet south-western Tasmania, I took the opportunity to get some macro shots before the rain came...

Gill Kenny: A Letter To My Younger Self

Gill Kenny: A Letter To My Younger Self

Today, my dear friend, fellow dog-lover, and aspiring writer, Gill Kenny joins me in the attic. She's written a beautiful and moving letter to her 22-year-old self.   Gill left Ireland at the age of 18, to learn French while working as an au-pair...

Is Blogging Worth It?

Is Blogging Worth It?

Blogging is a big commitment. I've done it for three-and-a-half years now, and there have been times I’ve been tempted to let it lapse. When it's felt like too much of a burden, another deadline, a time-sucker. I’m not a quick writer, and I can’t...

Midweek Moment #61: Lake Landscapes

Midweek Moment #61: Lake Landscapes

I'm going to start with Monique's photo this week as not only is it much more exciting than mine, but it was taken in Tasmania, that place which is never far from my heart. Monique and her husband escaped to Tasmania last week for their first holiday of...

Tabetha Rogers-Beggs: A Writing Whirlwind

Tabetha Rogers-Beggs: A Writing Whirlwind

This week's guest in the attic is my busy writerly friend, Tabetha Rogers Beggs. Tabetha is mix of all things creative; performer, playwright, writer and philosopher. She is the Chairwoman of the historic Katharine Susannah Prichard (KSP) Writers' Centre,...

Joyce Mathers: Writing For Weddings

Joyce Mathers: Writing For Weddings

I'm so proud to introduce today's guest in the attic—Joyce Mathers. Joyce grew up in the northeast of Scotland and after falling in love with Australia while on holiday, returned here to live in 1990. She's owned many businesses over the...

Shannon Meyerkort: Wearing Many Hats

Shannon Meyerkort: Wearing Many Hats

This week, local writer, Shannon Meyerkort, joins me in the attic. Shannon is a writer and blogger based in Perth, where she lives with her husband and three daughters. She has been published in various magazines, both print and online, has had short stories...