I have had the joy of writing many features and essays, often for A2 at The Age. There is a special thrill when I get a brief for a subject I don’t know much about, such as Victorian-era fashion, and delve into research, interviewing and then putting what I’ve learned on the page. I can find only about a third of my pieces online or free to view, but here they are. Details of others are in my publishing history.
An essay on writing sex/erotica, in Talking Books e-anthology, published by Xoum, March 2013. Originally appeared as an article in Newswrite, the NSW Writers Centre newsletter.
Luna Park 100 years, an article about the place and its place in my life, The Age, December 2012
‘My favourite novel’ for the Weekend Australian‘s Review, August 2012
An op-ed piece for the Fairfax papers series on drug decriminalisation, June 2012, published in Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.
A piece from a few years ago, on how I write, for editorial company The Fine Line (UK). A cardio sprint on a tightrope.
Not really an essay, but a guest blog on the subject of writing, for Kill Your Darlings journal, December 2011
‘After the Words’, reflections on memoir writing during and after publication, in Griffith Review edition ‘Such is Life’, August 2011.
A memoir piece that appeared in Madison magazine, about a relationship that changed me: Jack, who also appears in The Romantic. August 2011.
Sex Work and Feminism, in Meanjin, March 2011. A look at the ways various schools of feminism treat the issue of sex work, and how sex workers themselves see their profession.
‘A Forest Lament‘, in The Age 2010, about logging of old-growth forests in eastern Victoria. Here it’s on the website of Environment East Gippsland, an organisation I worked with closely while writing this piece, which is one I am proud of, as forest conservation is one of the more important parts of environmental husbandry and one that is not well understood by most people.
‘Cry of the Vanquished‘, in The Age 2008, about Euripides’ Women of Troy.
‘Victorian Secrets‘, in The Age 2008, about an exhibition of 19th century women’s fashion.
Interview with author Kathleen Stewart, author of The After Life.
‘History of pleasure and pain‘, in The Age 2008, about an exhibition on drugs and their social history.
‘An age-old myth reawakens‘, in The Age 2007, about a production at The Malt House Theatre about Sleeping Beauty.
‘Sticky Business‘, in The Australian 2007, about writing erotica and sexy scenes.
International Whores Day, for Scarlet Alliance website 2007. A feature about the sex worker pride movement and their annual parade in Sydney.
‘Gardening? Not in my backyard,’ in The Age (for some reason this link goes to someone who re-published it online).
Big Ideas feature on drug debate and legalisation in Crikey.com, Nov 2010
I love writing book reviews — it’s at once a brisk and business like thing, and one which requires consideration and epiphany and leaving the book alone after reading while things sink in. It’s never justice to sum up a book in 600 or 900 words, it’s always an insult of a kind, but for a writer it’s a great challenge.
Again, these are the ones I can find online. Most of these were written for The Age and Australian Book Review.
What I didn’t expect (when I was expecting) by Monica Dux and Welcome to your new life by Anna Goldsworthy, in Weekend Australian, April 2013
The Conversation by David Brooks, in The Weekend Australian, 10th Nov 2012