A reflection on Pink Shirt Day 2021

On Friday 21 May I joined many New Zealanders who donned pink t-shirts to show their support for inclusive, respectful and safe schools, workplaces and communities. Pink Shirt Day of course started in Canada in about 2008 and has spread around the world. Over the last couple of weeks I have been thinking about allContinue reading “A reflection on Pink Shirt Day 2021”

Back to earth, back to nature

The whirlwind of the book launch is now beginning to subside. I am back to my daily commute, my day job, sorting laundry and tending to fussy feline family members. The unsold books are in a small box near the door ready for peddling at my next performance (Thursday 10 June). My life is unimaginableContinue reading “Back to earth, back to nature”

Career Advice

I’ve had a tonne of career advice over the years – be the first one into the office and the last to leave; work hard, do not complain; don’t wear that; just be yourself; stop being so…like yourself, try to fit in; do this course/get that qualification; put yourself forward; don’t be pushy; and… “youContinue reading “Career Advice”

The villain that is the villanelle

I found this particular poem form one night after I’d given up counting sheep and went down the rabbit hole of late night googling! The villanelle is a highly structured poem of French origins. In poetry speak, it’s made up of five tercets followed by a quatrain, and for an added degree of difficulty –Continue reading “The villain that is the villanelle”

Harbour is now in stock!

Yes, that’s right beautiful people…my first book exists in real life. I am busy planning a launch event – details will be released shortly. In the meantime, here is a small taste of the works in the book. It was inspired during a train trip to Wellington on a glorious summer morning when the seagullsContinue reading “Harbour is now in stock!”