We all need stories.

I’m a freelance writer, journalist, presenter and producer with one eye on exploring Australia and the other on examining humanity.

I also create compelling content for brands and businesses who understand the power of storytelling for good. Client brands include NRMA, CGU, Volley, the NSW Business Chamber and the British Council.

I’m constantly drawn to the fascinating stories that surround us yet are so rarely shared: the African woman who was brought to Sydney as a slave; the Hazara refugee who gave birth days before she boarded a leaking boat to Australia. I write about 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, I wrote features that 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 theĀ BBC, CNN, Independent, National Geographic Green, andĀ Australian Geographic. I also blogged at Notes From a Newsroom from 2008 to 2010.

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.

Oh, and, why the rice? Because it’s universal, it’s unfussy and it’s nourishing.