Just finished running my two-day ‘Extreme Writing!’ school holiday workshop for budding young writers – always a heap of fun.
I’m always blown away by the imagination and enthusiasm of young writers, although it saddens me how often they ask if they are ‘allowed’ to do something a different way. Unfortunately our school system is geared towards assessments – not creativity. It’s very special to be able to help them break out and write from the heart.
I’m currently writing a new novel with the working title of ‘The Parfumeur’ which is set in the South of France in 1956. So in January 2015 I went to France for five weeks to do background research on the area where my story is set and learn as much as possible about the world of fragrance creation.
Here I’m attending a workshop at Parfums Galimard in Grasse where you are guided in the process of developing a personal perfume. Follow my journey HERE
Although I was away for the first half of the year, it was a bumper year for my Memoir Made Simple workshops which ran in three different locations, with around 25 writers participating. Continue reading
It’s always a privilege to be invited to speak to young people – although a little nerve-wracking as well. You can tell pretty quickly by the wide yawns when you’re being boring and need to liven up. Continue reading
Over the last couple of years I’ve had the privilege of working on the screenplay for The Olive Sisters with the internationally admired and hugely talented Australian director Fred Schepisi. Over the last seven years I’ve written and rewritten this script but the last couple of years under Fred’s direction have been quite a learning curve for me and taken the script to a new level. Continue reading
In April 2014 I took some time out to walk the Camino de Santiago. Starting from Saint Jean-Pied-de-Port in France and finishing in Santiago de Compostela in the far west of Spain – 800 kilometres over 40 days. Continue reading