26 April 2016

Cocks, cops and communists in China

Cockhead. I actually ate this thing and then learnt it was only included in the dish for decorative purposes. Lame.

I recently went to China for a writing residency. The time was split between Yangshuo and Guangzhou, both in the south-east of the country. Here are a few photos and observations from the trip.

20 February 2016

How to survive White Night in Melbourne


Every year a bunch of cities around the whole hold an all-night arts festival, called White Night. The festival first started in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

3 February 2016

The Crazy Birds of Iguazu Falls

There are many species of birds living around the Iguazu Falls, but when you're on the Argentinian side, standing in "La Garganta del Diablo" lookout ("the Devil's Throat"), you'll see hundreds of little dark-coloured birds flying in and out of the monstrous waterfall. They are Great Dusky Swifts.

4 January 2016

Lebanon's religiously inclusive Santa Claus

Christmas is a state holiday in Lebanon. Lebanese people celebrate Christmas on 25 December, except the Armenian Lebanese, who celebrate it on the Epiphany on January 6 – which is also an official holiday in Lebanon.

10 December 2015

‘The Marriage of Figaro’ by Opera Australia

[First published on The Plus Ones]


Opera Australia’s production of ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ is magnificent, visually stunning, and a glorious treat for your ears.

31 October 2015

Bathe in sewage for salvation

The famous Hindu city of Varanasi is situated on the murky banks of the Ganges. Hindus believe bathing in the river causes the forgiveness of sins and helps attain salvation.

6 October 2015

Where to find street art in Melbourne

Melbourne has become known internationally for its diverse range of street art. This includes stencils, paste-ups and murals. Street art is seen as an art form, whereas graffiti and tagging are regarded as vandalism.

16 September 2015

Melbourne Opera’s production of ‘Mary Stuart’

[First published on The Plus Ones]

Queen Mary Stuart of Scotts kneels beside Queen Elizabeth I in Donizetti's opera.
Photo courtesy Robin Hall

Melbourne Opera’s production of Gaetano Donizetti’s historical drama ‘Mary Stuart’ (Maria Stuarda) offers a brilliant opportunity for people of any age or background to whet their operatic appetites.

31 August 2015

Beautiful Architecture in Paris

One of the big reasons I love Paris is the architecture. Even buildings along ordinary streets evoke a grand sense of history and culture.

10 August 2015

7 reasons to submit your writing

[First published on VisibleInkAnthology.com]

Is your head full of story ideas? Write them down and submit them. [Photo: Drew Coffman/Flickr]

I never used to submit my writing anywhere. I used to keep it all in a drawer, hidden from the world like a timid George McFly before the space-time continuum fell into place. When I finally did build the confidence to submit, I was very selective about the publications or competitions I chose. Over time I realised there’s value in submitting, no matter where. Here are some of the benefits: