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A freelancer moves to Castlemaine

Of poor but honest parents…

Theatre Royal, Castlemaine

Castlemaine's Theatre Royal is the oldest continually operating theatre on the Australian mainland.

Jack Doolan may have been born in Castlemaine, but we’re moving there. After years struggling to keep up with Sydney — too fast, too fast — we have finally made the decision. It’s a tree-change for us.

I’m a freelance writer and editor so I can take my job with me. My husband runs his own film production company so it’s harder for him. But one of the reasons we have chosen Castlemaine, after much agonising over other towns in the area (Daylesford, Bendigo, Woodford), is that it’s on a train line. We’re only an hour and a half from Melbourne, for the occasional commute.

But that’s not the intention. We’d like to stick around town. Most artists dream of a space, ‘a room of one’s own’ as Virginia Woolf so tenderly puts it, where they have a chance to create. Castlemaine offers this opportunity. The more experience I get with writing, the more I want to be immersed in it. I’m trying to get my first novel published. I have ideas sprouting out of my head for the second one. It’s a time thing (and a financial one).

I’m looking forward to a town full of wide streets and large blocks. A farmers’ market stocked with local produce. A centre with the oldest longest-running cinema on the mainland, the Theatre Royal, and great cafes. I’ve heard rumours that musicians, writers, artists, are flocking to the region in droves. There’s a great looking writers’ group, Castlemaine Word Mine, that meets every month. There’s an arts festival every two years, and a celebration of second hand books in nearby Clunes.

It’s time to start packing those boxes. We’ll be there in June.

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8 thoughts on “Of poor but honest parents…

  1. Angela (Ms LiteraryMinded) on said:

    Kirsten, you’re going to love it. There’s definitely a community of writers out there. A lot of Melbourne writers seem to move out there when they have families, to give them a bit of space to grow up. And as you said, it’s on the train line, and really not far to Melbourne. Good luck with the move!

  2. Good luck with the move, and your new blog! Sounds like you a great adventure ahead. I wish you all the very best! Looking forward to reading about how you get on there 🙂

  3. Samantha on said:

    Have you tried the Taste of the Orient Yum Cha House in Barker St yet?

  4. Samantha on said:

    I can’t comment from my own experience, but I’ve read that it has the best dumplings in the region.

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