Celebrate AusMusic Month this November

There are many things to love about November. We get to enjoy spring in the southern hemisphere and celebrate #AusMusicMonth. I’ve selected just a few events, by no means an…

What Forrest Gump taught me about success

Forrest Gump was truly a masterpiece by Robert Zemeckis (director) and Eric Roth (screenwriter), based on the novel by Winston Groom. It happens to be one my favourite films and…

Sarah Jane Justice, a diamond in the rough

The name that seems to be on everyone’s lips is Sarah Jane Justice. As an award-winning spoken word performer, prose writer, poet, and musician, she’s a quadruple threat. Whether her…

Who am I: a quest for artistic identity

When considering how to express oneself in any creative domain, it is natural to seek the opinion of others. Artists need mentors, and external validation may provide encouragement in competitive…

Perfectionism is not a virtue

I often grieve the many ideas I’ve had that have never come to fruition. I recall the blissful moments when inspiration has tapped me on the shoulder and I’ve responded…

Creative courage and criticism

Creativity requires courage. It’s not always easy to express a point of view, particularly when it’s not a popular one. Sometimes we may choose to bite our tongue to avoid…

Immeasurable imaginations: learning through play

I often read children’s books so that I never lose my childlike imagination, that fertile ground from which robust flora blooms. Witnessing a child’s cognitive development is, personally, one of…

We are all creative: Sir Ken Robinson’s legacy

Throughout my career, as both a teacher and creative practitioner, there have been countless references to the work of Sir Ken Robinson, and rightly so. His research in, and commitment…

Musings on art: passing time with Waldo

When I have been reading Emerson, I see a deeper beauty in many things. The voices of the past offer refreshing insight that is seldom celebrated in modern life, and…

The motivations of Jasmine Crisp

Jasmine Crisp doesn’t mind being labelled a maximalist. In fact, when renowned fellow painter Andrew Salgado took notice of her ‘unbridled skill’ and ‘lush’ style, Jasmine was rightly exultant. “I…

Ellie Nunan chats about her career, a bad boyfriend, while on tour with Cats in 2020

Sunshine Coast-born actress Ellie Nunan is a world away from where she thought she would be at the start of this year. She is a rarity, being among the few…

Which expenses can I claim while working from home in 2020?

Lodging a tax return can seem like one of those tedious tasks in life that you may want to delay, but in the 2019 – 2020 financial year it may…

State Theatre Company South Australia to deliver a plague of plays

In Italy, during the middle of the fourteenth century, five years after the black death had ravaged the nation, author Giovanni Boccaccio published The Decameron; a collection of novellas featuring…