A real fixer-upper

December 28, 2013Memoir, Opinion, Social issues, The Sydney Morning Herald

In his Booker Prize-winning novel The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes’ grey-haired anti-hero takes the train to London for a spot of shopping. On his list? Cord for restringing blind, kettle descaler and those patches you iron on to trousers when the fabric wears thin. ”It’s hard to find this stuff locally any more,” … Read More

Sarah Snook: Watch this face

September 20, 2015Celebrity, Profiles, The Sydney Morning Herald

In the blooming spring garden of a Bondi terrace, Australian actor Sarah Snook is talking about fame. Not the kind reserved for her heroes – those grandes dames of the silver screen, Meryl Streep and Judi Dench – but the kind of slow-blossoming renown that comes with a promise: Sarah Snook is an actor to watch. … Read More

Choosing part-time work kept me sane

June 22, 2022News, Opinion, The Sydney Morning Herald

Late last year, I was offered my dream job – serving on the executive team of an influential NGO reporting directly to the impressive female CEO. But when the offer was made, I became paralysed with fear. How would I manage a demanding full-time role plus my responsibilities as a sole parent – to myself … Read More

Susan Sarandon: Men should be feminists too

December 16, 2016Celebrity, Profiles, The Sydney Morning Herald

Susan Sarandon does not do bland or saccharine. Politics is at the heart of everything she says. Only a few minutes into our conversation, Sarandon launches into a diatribe about deregulation of the US media, lambasting both former Democrat president Bill Clinton and 2016 Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump. “You know, I came of age at … Read More

Adele: Motherhood, fame and a new album

November 22, 2015Celebrity, Profiles, The Sydney Morning Herald

Adele, the British singing sensation with the two-octave range and the string of chart-topping ballads, has spent most of the past three years lulling her young son to sleep with nursery rhymes. “When I’m singing a nursery rhyme I just sound like everyone else,” she laughs. “You can’t really sing a nursery rhyme that well.” The … Read More

The motherhood penalty

April 1, 2015Features, News, Social issues, The Sydney Morning Herald

Annette Noble’s first child was four months old when she boarded an international flight for a week-long business trip. “I got on the plane and breathed a sigh of relief. I thought, ‘No one can contact me for at least 24 hours,’ ” she says. No one could question Noble’s dedication to her marketing job. She … Read More

Taylor Swift: Birth of the uncool

November 26, 2014Celebrity, Profiles, The Sydney Morning Herald

Taylor Swift shakes my hand, then shakes it again. She grimaces and mimics a girlie handshake, her hand like a delicate cat’s paw with plum-coloured nails. “I didn’t get that quite right,” she says, apologetically. “I don’t want you to think I can’t shake hands properly.” The American singer-songwriter might have 45 million Twitter followers, … Read More