How to design housing for happiness

February 11, 2023Homepage, Memoir, Opinion, The Saturday Paper

A few years ago, I was involved in the design of a social housing project. The project had all the best possible intentions. It aimed to address homelessness among older single women by building high-quality, affordable eco-townhouses in a gentrifying suburb close to the city. Like many architect-designed projects, it came in over budget. I … Read More

A coeliac in the family

January 9, 2023Memoir, Opinion, The Guardian

Late in her life, my beloved grandmother was diagnosed with coeliac disease. It was the early 1980s and “gluten free” was not the woke gastronomical term it is today. There was no gluten-free bread in the supermarket and no GF alternatives on the cafe menu. If we went to a restaurant, we phoned ahead. “Can … 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

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