Introduction

Thank you for checking out my website!

I am a Melbourne-based writer, editor and teacher. I love to write and talk about sexuality, gender, feminism, race and education.

You can read more about me, read my writing and contact me with any queries.

Writer, Editor and Teacher

Writer, Editor and Teacher

I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me 
must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood.

                                                                   Audre Lorde

My wife’s nomination for the inaugural LOTLpowerlist.com

Please retweet the following tweet, as my wonderful wife, Rachel Chapman, has been nominated for LOTL’s inaugural Powerlist. She is doing important research on educators’ understanding of gender in early childhood education and how this impacts on young children. She will be presenting at the ‘Beyond the Culture Wars’ LGBTIQ History Conference in Melbourne (25-26 November 2016). I went to their conference in Adelaide last year, and I highly recommend it!

The Shy Extrovert and the Social Media Introvert

I have a wonderful working relationship with the superb and talented Sheree Joseph at The Vocal. The Vocal is a social initiative by Fairfax Media Pty Ltd. and they are action-oriented, social-first and radically positive.

I recently wrote a piece about being a shy extrovert (if you even believe that the binary of extrovert/introvert exists). Since then, I have received messages and had fascinating conversations with people who identify as shy extroverts, social media introverts, awkward extroverts, confident introverts, etc. Regardless of how you feel about the binary, I think it is pretty obvious that there is a spectrum of social behaviour that is largely influenced by our brains, social development and mental health. At the end of the article, I recommend Sian Prior’s book “Shy: A Memoir”, and Susan Cain’s “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking”. I can also recommend the Dear Sugar Podcast (Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond), which addresses many of these issues regularly.

 

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Let me know if you want to talk more about any of this!

What AFL’s inaugural Pride Game means to me as a queer woman

I recently wrote an article for Daily Life about the inaugural Pride Game between St Kilda and the Sydney Swans. The article is about my experiences with sport when I was growing up as a queer woman, as well as the AFL’s links to homophobia, racism and misogyny.

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I really enjoyed the Pride Game, and in many ways, it challenged my longstanding beliefs about AFL and homophobia. I now believe that things can, and will, change. However, some aspects of the game still bothered me. I plan to write an update about my experience at the game shortly.

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National Young Writers’ Festival

I was fortunate to be selected as an artist for the 2015 National Young Writers’ Festival. I had an incredible time discussing being a queer writer and a memoirist with many talented writers, and the opportunity to attend other panels and workshops. The Sydney Morning Herald wrote a feature article about our ‘Coming of Queerness’ panel, which you can read here. NYWF’s Press Room blogger Bridget Lutherborrow reviewed both events (Coming of Queerness and It’s All in the Family).

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