Our family made the big move — from Sydney to Castlemaine in regional Victoria — in 2012 and have happily settled in now. Wild Colonial Girl is about writers and writing, launching a debut novel just_a_girl (and the aftermath), the tree-change life, meeting the locals, settling in a new town with a young family, and how to freelance in a rural climate — interweaving my usual passions: creative writing, books, films, and the impact of technology on our daily lives.
I am a freelance writer and editor, who runs a communications business from home, Freckle Features, while juggling a couple of small children. In between the nappies and the spilt milk, I am editor of the NSW Writers’ Centre magazine, Newswrite, that features wonderfully inspiring articles about writing practice and where I get to work with writers including Angela Meyer, John Safran, Nikki Gemmell, Debra Adelaide, Emily Maguire and Charlotte Wood. I also edited an e-book, Talking Writing, that is a best-of compilation from Newswrite.
My first novel just_a_girl was published by UWA Publishing in June 2013. I’ve heard it said that releasing your novel into the world is like letting your baby crawl across an 8-lane freeway. Let’s see how we go…
If you’d like to buy a copy (in Australia/NZ), it’s available from Readings, Gleebooks, Booktopia, in paperback from Amazon, and an ebook from iBooks and Amazon.com.au.
It’s up and going and looks good. Be interested to read your thoughts on the move and tree change experience.
Looking forward to reading all about the exciting times that lie ahead.
If you need any child care I know a good place. May have to travel.
I’d travel the earth for your quality care:-)
I hope the move goes well. I’ve run a pr business in Albury since 1992 – started when my boys were small (they’re now grown up and with sons of their own). It’s a bit bigger than Castlemaine, but I think that area has a great artistic life. Best of luck with everything. PS Thanks for the ‘like’ on my most recent post.
Hi Robyne. I might be in contact in the future for some tips on running a creative business in a regional town. I just want the move to happen. Ready! Thanks for the kind wishes.
Look forward to that. And completely understand about the move. Hear from you when you’re ready 🙂
Hi Kirsten. It’s lovely reading about your creative life in Castlemaine. I recently shifted from Melbourne to the Central Goldfields. I’m house sitting the in laws place in Maryborough and trying desperately to convince my other half that it would be better to pay more expensive rent in Castlemaine than the cheaper alternative in Maryborough because we would save money on my almost daily trips for coffee and art supplies.
Howdy, Georgie. So great to hear from a local! Keep working on your other half. I am so in love with Castlemaine, after a year. Make sure you come along to the launch here and say hello…Perhaps we could have a cuppa one day?
Sorry, that should be Georgia:-)
A cuppa sounds like a great idea and I would love to come to your book opening. Lot 19 is great isn’t it? Talk soon.
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