Category Archives: Commentary


Mistakes Were Made: Catching the Spirit

I’m in Nimbin, chasing a story, and I don’t like the way the turkey is looking at me. The second I arrived at the hostel, set on an abandoned farm at the edge of the rainforest, the turkey started stalking me with the slow malevolence of a … Read more »

Sucker Punched: Ducking and Weaving Through the Grief of Chronic Illness

Earlier this year I had a ceremonial burning. I dragged my body up the steep stairs to our study. No mean feat when your muscles are wasted and weak, and your blood pressure has a fondness for dropping at the most inconvenient of times. I went through … Read more »

Wrestling with Myself: Uninitiated and Ringside at the WWE

Chugging back an iced coffee, Will says, ‘Triple H married Vince McMahon’s, the top guy’s, daughter in real life and in storyline; storyline first. It was crazy.’ Vincent K. McMahon is a 68-year-old, third generation wrestling promoter, who has the type of face monopolised by super rich … Read more »

Name Calling: Coverture in a Feminist Age

When we married we were twenty-two and I wore a red dress printed with blue and yellow flowers. He wore red jeans and a sherwani, a thigh-length Indian tunic sewn with intricate embroidery. When we married we were twenty-two and there was a bouncy castle, the only … Read more »

Questions of Belonging: How to Love This Ancient Sunburnt Country?

The first of October 1991 is a date I will always remember, because it’s the day that life, as I’d known it, changed forever. This sounds as dramatic as only a teenager can imagine, but I was a 14 year old from the tropics and landed in … Read more »

Look Who’s Talking: A Birth Story

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. Maya Angelou Waterslides had always been my greatest fear before I had a baby. When I was really little my dad had to bribe me with a packet of jellybeans to get me to go … Read more »

The Other Railwayman: A Diagram of Disaster

The pages of the report pertaining to Inquest No. 51/1003 – ‘Inquisition before Coroner sitting alone’ – are held together by a split-pin fastener that’s been in place so long its rust has pressed into the paper. There are sixteen foolscap sheets including a doctor’s report and … Read more »