Just before dawn, I was called to one of the houses on the outskirts of the community. ‘A sick baby’, I was told. It wasn’t sick; it was dead. The obese mother had rolled in the night and smothered it. That day was more of the usual in the clinic. That night, back on-call, I…

For me, writing started out as a housework-avoidance strategy – a sanity preserver as the only female in a house of males. It’s cheap, quiet, and can be done anywhere in yoghurt stained pyjamas. You can do it breastfeeding, on the bench at swimming lessons – you can even do it in your head while…

It wasn’t as if I set out to be a writer. I was driven to it by my blood and bones. I was kidnapped by my muse as a primary school student. By Grade Three, I was writing plays and stories. In Grade Five, I was showing my stories to my teachers and getting feedback…

I’ve always read and written stories. My mother kept the horrendous stories one’s obliged to write in school. But when my brother handed me his sci-fi and fantasy books to read, my imagination fired up and I fell in love with the idea of magic and other worlds. For many years, life took over –…

Age 82 I had finally written a memoir. While the book dealt with family events, it more so told the story of 14 years of life in a god-forsaken, bloody, bastard town way up in the North of Australia in the Northern Territory. I had come to Australia in 1958, following my fiancée from Germany….

Sometimes I ask myself why I ever started the writer’s journey, but the answer is simple – a thought nags at the subconscious to be released. The moment the pen is placed between the fingers above a blank sheet of paper, words begin to shape and form a story, and end as a novel. About…

My journey as a writer began in my very young days. In those early years, when I was in boarding school, I spent my short vacations with my aunt. There, my cousin and I spent most of our time together telling stories. While my cousin had an inexhaustible ability for story telling with narratives, such…

If your husband is a literate person, you maybe able to get the understanding and support you need to become a famous poet. My husband is not literate. This might give me the excuse later in life to put the blame on him for not becoming well-known or well paid as a writer. When I…

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