GUEST WRITER: Ann Billington

Interview with Ann Billington

With all the commercial noise surrounding Mother’s Day, it stings me to think how difficult this week must be for many of you who have already lost your mum, never knew her, or have experienced the loss of a child. For this reason, I’ve … Continue reading


WHO: Melissa Jeffcott – Ambassador for Good CAUSE: The Luke Batty Foundation Never Alone Campaign MOVIE: Mother’s Day – starring Jennifer Aniston and Julia Roberts GUESTS: Bayside Melbourne change-makers. Last Friday night another group of change-makers took time out from their busy lives … Continue reading


I’ve been surrounded and inspired by journalists since I was a little girl. My dad was a federal politician so I’d often answer the phone to the likes of Michelle Grattan and Laurie Oakes and eavesdrop on their interviews. Back then, the press gallery … Continue reading


Interview with Natasha Stott Despoja

Natasha Stott Despoja has elegantly presented the case for gender equality her entire career. As the sun sets on another International Women’s Day, I thought it would be great to revisit a woman who has been advocating for most of her … Continue reading


Another reason to feel pride this Australia Day. The world’s most popular website ‘Google’ has acknowledged the stolen generation with powerful reminder of how we should remember January 26th. The search engine has used a compelling image of a weeping mother, ‘Stolen Dreamtime’ as its … Continue reading

The chief conductor

Interview with Nicolette Fraillon — The Australian Ballet.

Nicolette Fraillon was just 12 when she set her sights on becoming a conductor. The only problem was all of her role models in the world’s orchestra pits were men. Fraillon’s dream profession was steeped in tradition and females were persona … Continue reading

Letter from Quentin Bryce to her teenage self

Interview with Quentin Bryce

The former Governor General joined other prominent Australian women as part of the ‘Because I’m A Girl’ campaign. A worthy, shareable initiative which deserves all our support.     The Honourable Quentin Bryce AD, CVO To my teenage self,   … Continue reading

Read, reviewer picks

Forget the guess-work, here are some great holiday reads thanks to this guest post by freelance writer and founder of Emma Perry. My holiday reads With a lovely stretch of long, lazy days piling up in front of me my TBR … Continue reading