How being a refugee shaped my appreciation for education

My latest story for SBS is about the lovely Noor Azizah and her family’s fight to leave Myanmar’s Rakhine State. The Rohingya refugee talked to me from her home in Sydney, where her work as a teacher allows her to constantly reflect on her dramatic and long journey into Australian education. Read the story in … Continue reading

Please can we go home, now?

My story for The Guardian, about being marooned in a beautiful and distant place, isn’t about shipwrecks and daydreams, it’s about me and so many others all over the world whose lives depended – rightly or wrongly – on planes. Coronavirus, then, has put a spanner in the works… Read it over at The Guardian, … Continue reading

As bushfires rage

As bushfires rage through prime koala habitat in NSW and QLD, it’s a good time to mention the fascinating koala research and writing I recently did for NRMA Insurance. The campaign is worth a look at, not least to find out how you can help a koala today. It’s estimated that 350 of our favourite … Continue reading

Bedtime, Bondi

The Southern Cross sits above the avocado tree and the slow, steady flap of a bat beats rhythm into the shrill electric static of the night’s white noise. Crickets, frogs, the bite of a motorbike revving as it pulls up, up, out of the bowl. Mosquitos leave nothing unpunctured, their leafy homes alive with the … Continue reading