I’m a freelance writer, editor, presenter and producer with one eye on exploring Australia and the other on examining humanity.
My passion lies in the fascinating stories that surround us, but that are so rarely shared. The Cambodian refugee whose cooking has transformed the lives of women in her Sydney community; the young Australian whose idea has given work to a struggling group of Ghanaian seamstresses; the former child soldier-turned human rights lawyer: I tell stories of hope, empowerment and diversity.
Not long ago, I was a senior writer for the Sydney Morning Herald. Before that, I was its Diary editor and, further back, its Life+Style editor. As well as reporting for the Herald, my features appeared in Fairfax Media’s NewsReview, Good Weekend, The (Sydney) Magazine, Sunday Life and The Age and my weekly restaurant review column, Good Food on Sunday, was published in the SunHerald.
I came to Sydney from New York, where I was a features editor and writer after my time at the Evening Standard in London. In between, I wrote for a host of broadcasters and titles including the BBC, CNN, Independent, National Geographic Green, and Australian Geographic.
Many years before that, I was born in Sydney and grew up living, studying then working in Germany, Jordan, the UAE, Peru, England, Canada and America.
Examples of my work and features are available in the portfolio page, above (click on ‘older posts’ to browse through articles extending to 2006).
Oh, and, why the rice? Because it’s universal, it’s unfussy, it’s nourishment and it’s new life.