I grew up surrounded by – indeed, immersed in – books and music. The latter became my career while the former remained an essential part of my life.
Writing developed initially as an ancillary to my performing and music teaching. I contributed regularly to The Recorder, the de facto national journal for Early Music, from its first issue in 1984, going on to edit it and to write for many other journals including Sounds Australian and Music Forum (for more on my musical work, visit my older site). As I realised that I enjoyed writing for its own sake, I gradually took it in other directions.
My interests have always been broad. I have read widely in science (especially its history), religion and philosophy; fantasy and SF; and literary fiction. I find most naturalistic fiction dull but believe that a good children’s book is a good book and enjoy historical fiction, police procedurals and thrillers. All of this made it natural for me to take up reviewing for my local newspaper, the Townsville Bulletin (2004-2011). I have also contributed reviews to LiNQ, Viewpoint, The Australian Rationalist, The Helix and other publications.
As I grew more involved in writing outside the musical field, I participated in various writers’ workshops, including ‘Writing for the Web’ presented by Dey Alexander at James Cook University in June 2007 and ‘Feature Writing’ presented by QWC in April 2008.
My enthusiasm for photography synergised with my long-standing interest in the environment to lead to an article for Wildlife Australia Magazine late in 2009 and regular shorter items for Kapok, my local Landcare newsletter. A little later I became the editor of Waves, a monthly newsletter for the Reef HQ Volunteers Association, a role which ended when I parted company with Reef HQ over Abbot Point in 2014.
In the same transformative period I learned enough about HTML to create my first personal web site in 2004 and since then have created and managed sites for others.
More recently, my photographs have been selected for inclusion in two new CSIRO Field Guides (Spiders and Native Bees) and appear regularly in newsletters and on websites of conservation-related NQ organisations.
At this point I welcome opportunities in all three areas – writing, photography and web design. If you need someone with my skills, please contact me.Last updated April 2016
Book reviews are here. Other pieces:
- Ringlets on Castle Hill. Kapok, October 2017
- Swallowtails and Nymphs. Kapok, April 2017
- Hoverflies. Kapok, December 2016
- How will climate change affect Townsville’s water security? Guest post, NQCC blog, November 2016
- A stroll beside Crystal Creek: WQ August field trip. Guest post on WQ blog, August 2016
- Life in a very small world. Kapok, April 2015
- Leucauge in North Queensland. Australasian Arachnology, No. 86, September 2015
- Milkweed Butterflies. Kapok, June 2014
- Mantis flies. Kapok, October 2013
- Paper Wasps. Kapok, March 2013
- How Many Pixels Do You Need? Metamorphosis Australia, magazine of the Butterfly and Other Invertebrates Club, No. 67, Dec 2012
- A rift in time: visiting Porcupine Gorge. Wildlife Australia Magazine, Spring 2012
- Green and Good: YA fiction with environmental themes. Viewpoint, Vol 20/2, Winter 2012
- The Ant Colony. Music Forum, Vol 18/2 Autumn (Feb) 2012
- Ambush Predators. Kapok, Dec 2011
- … plus more CD reviews for Music Forum.