“Do you put your nationality on your resume?” “No, mum, why would I do that?” “Just so people know you can speak English, and so they don’t think you’re an international student.” “But they will know I speak English when I talk to them. I have an Australian accent!” “Yeah, but you know how people […]

It’s been a hell of a year. In February, I wrote about how shocked I was at the progress I had made in my life since my (quite traumatic) breakup about a year ago. If only I could go back in time and tell myself that the rest of the year would be even more […]

As most of you know, I’ve been pretty busy lately – mainly with the thesis – but I’ve also been submitting to a decent amount of literary magazines/websites. It’s been great to write to and for a range of prompts, in both fiction and non fiction. To that effect, I have a number of pieces […]

This year is the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Bronte’s birth, and the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Let’s start with Shakespeare – after all, he’s been getting all the attention lately, right? I don’t think I’ll ever tire of Shakespeare’s writing. It really is something special, and I think I knew this even when I […]

It’s that time of the year when I realise how much study (and work) I have to do, and that I may have overcommitted myself in terms of volunteering, as well as going to concerts and talks. I’ve read a lot of books on India and Rushdie (and it’s barely been a month since I […]

At some point in their lives, everyone has come across the quip that arts students will complete their studies only to become cashiers at McDonald’s. Usually I just get a little annoyed before moving on, but sometimes it genuinely hits a nerve. It’s a multi-layered insult – there’s the insinuation that one of my degrees is […]

When you love someone, you give them a piece of you that can’t be taken back. In the same vein, you keep a piece of them that you can’t really give away. There are many reasons why the first half of this year was painful, but there are just as many reasons why what happened […]