Tag: memoir

  • Ep 28 Burning out with Dr Yumiko Kadota, author of Emotional Female

    Yumiko Kadota was a junior doctor and working hard towards her goal of becoming a plastic surgeon in NSW. But the demands of her workplace became increasingly extreme, and she found herself dealing with bullying, sexism and racism, as well as unreasonable hours. If anyone should know how important sleep is for the body, it […]

  • Yes, exploding spider babies are real

    One of my favourite things to do in Australia is ask people for their spider stories. Everyone who’s lived here has at least one good one. I wrote about a few of them, including one of my own, in How to Be Australian. After nearly 10 years in Australia, I started to think maybe there […]

  • If this Australian animal is after you, it might be personal

    How Deadly is a series of short videos featuring ABC’s resident ‘nature nerd’, Ann Jones, available on iView. Ann answers all the pressing questions: how realistic are the crocodile scenes in movies like Lake Placid and Crocodile Dundee? Are snakes cannibals? How do kangaroos feel about parachutes? How many people have been murdered by emus? […]

  • How do you know if you’re really Australian?

    How do you know if you’re really Australian?

    Jay Martin is the author of Vodka and Apple Juice, a memoir of living in Warsaw, Poland as a diplomat’s wife – or more accurately, an undiplomatic wife. Jay also lived in Alberta, Canada, for two years, and has recently moved back to Perth. I recently had the chance to chat with Jay about Canada, […]

  • Cross-country caramel slice showdown

    When WA author Monique Mulligan prepares for an author interview, she really prepares. And by that I mean she convinces her husband to go to the shops for condensed milk so she can make homemade caramel slice. Look at these beauties. Monique interviewed me for the Koorliny Arts Centre’s program Live: Stories on Stage this […]

  • The latest great reads

    A while ago, I started a list of great reads. I’m adding new books as I discover them, as well as books I read years ago and loved. The list reveals that I’m an eclectic reader, flitting between fiction and non-fiction, literary works and lighter stories. I read different genres for different reasons. I don’t […]

  • It’s scary but nobody cares

    I’ve never understood why Australians bother with the drop bear myth. It’s like a morgue trying to freak out visitors with a plastic fly in the complimentary punch bowl. If Aussies want to freak out foreigners, they can simply relate their own everyday encounters with deadly creatures, such as finding a funnel-web spider submerged in […]