Sandra Lording, Mansfield Photographer

Sandra Lording, police officer turned photographer, moved to Mansfield two years ago. For the first eighteen months, she was ready to return to Melbourne, but thanks to connections made through work and helpful locals, she settled. She now works for the Mansfield Courier and is growing her photography business. She’s been kind enough to share … Continue reading Sandra Lording, Mansfield Photographer

Collaborating With Children

In my last blog about Houston, I explained how I came to be co-directing a production for my children's school. I was uniquely unqualified for this role. Sure, I'd written and co-directed shows before, but I'd never worked with children. I wasn't a teacher. I hadn't even coached a sports team. The closest I'd come to any sort of kids group facilitation was being a cub scout leader when I lived in Lagos.

Barb Grant’s Tough Transition to Mansfield

Good news is fun to share, but when things aren’t going so well, it takes a lot of courage to tell your story in public. This week, Barb has stepped up to speak about her move from Melbourne to Mansfield, which was, “The biggest, toughest transition I’ve ever made.”

How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal

Think of your book proposal as a business plan for your book. It explains your book's content, the need it fills and where it fits in the market. Further, it positions you, the author, as the most qualified person to write and promote the book.

Gbenga Yusuf and The Perfect Dance

A week to write, cast and rehearse a show was a big ask, but was it impossible? Not for a director who's been pitching for three years to secure the opportunity to produce a show. And not for a writer with a script in the wings that she was longing to push onto stage.

My Top Three Editing Disasters

I had a math teacher at school who used to say, "I'm a mathematician, not an arithmetician." She loved the logic of maths, but made errors in addition or multiplication. This is a bit like my style of editing. I love structural and line edits, but I can overlook details.

A Beginner’s Guide to Formatting a Manuscript

If you want to submit a manuscript to an agent, but don't understand the basics of formatting on Word, this post is for you. To avoid the telltale signs of an amateur – tabs or spaces to indent paragraphs, or returns in place of page breaks – read on for a step by step guide.

Bob Romanes, Teacher A1 Mine Settlement

The year was 1955, and fresh out of Ballarat teachers college, Bob Romanes was assigned to the A1 Mine Settlement School, south of Mansfield, near Woods Point. Join me for a glimpse into this unique slice of history as he talks about about death, theft and depression.

How to be an Unhappy Expat

Ever suffered from expat loneliness? At some point, most of us go through it. This was my turn. In the most recent blog about my expat journey, A Week in Lagos, I'd reached the end of my time in Lagos and moved to Houston. You might think that after four years in Nigeria, living in the … Continue reading How to be an Unhappy Expat