Budgetary Blues

This is a difficult week for literary ninjas in Australia. I’d been planning to blog about Sydney’s cultural life until I watched the Liberal Government unveil their first Federal budget. Vast cuts are being levelled at the poorest and most vulnerable in Australian society. Cuts to the arts of more than $80 million make me angry; cuts … Continue reading

The Very Hungry Silkworms

The Very Hungry Silkworms

Thai silk is famous throughout the world: rich, elegant and sumptuous. The journey of creating silk is intensive, with workers across the country dependent on the trade, but this story starts small before it gets to the changes weaving and textile production has brought to the country. These are the silkworms, from whom silk is made.

Following the Yellow Brick Road

Following the Yellow Brick Road

This blog of artsy adventures has been quiet for a while now, as I’ve been busy setting up home in Melbourne, Australia. I’ve circled the city a few times in the past, but this year my travels have brought me to live in the magical land of Oz. The multitude of cool and crazy creative … Continue reading

Short Stories and Literary Salons

Short Stories and Literary Salons

In Scotland, winter nights are long and dark, and we celebrate Short Story Day on the shortest day: December 21st (or the 20th, it varies on the whim of the solar system.) In Africa, they also celebrate the beauty and precision of the shortest tales on the shortest day, which this year falls tomorrow: June … Continue reading

Cape Town Literary Salon – The Pilot

Cape Town Literary Salon – The Pilot

Writers of Cape Town! I know you’re out there. And you, publishers. Illustrators and animators, librarians and book artists, graphic novelists, journalists, producers and editors – I want to meet you all, you wonderful, book-loving bunch. So let’s meet up for a drink, shall we? Created as a networking night in a pub, surrounded by wine … Continue reading

Name Your Hood

Name Your Hood

I recently went along to the Capetonian chapter of Creative Mornings, a fresh and straightforward international network described as “a monthly breakfast lecture series for creative types.” As well as a coffee and the largest muffin I’ve ever seen, your free ticket gets you the opportunity to natter with other creative folk and listen to … Continue reading

From Handmade to Digital Hub

From Handmade to Digital Hub

At a rooftop bar off Cape Town’s Long Street, I met some of South Africa’s bright young things, attending the monthly Together market of creative goods. Cape Town does markets really well: from foodie hangouts like City Bowl on Hope St to the vintage pop-ups of the hipsters at You, Me & Everyone We Know … Continue reading

Meeting TED: TEDx Sea Point

Meeting TED: TEDx Sea Point

This weekend, I met Ted in person for the first time. I’ve seen Ted online plenty of times, and each meeting has left me full of ideas, but we’ve never actually been in the same room at the same time. Now, I’ve had a whole day with Ted – or at least, with TEDx – … Continue reading