WHO am I?
I am a wearer of many hats and I have a wide range of interests that keep me constantly on-the-go. Primarily, I’m a poet and research assistant based in Brisbane. I am of Aboriginal and European heritage. I was born and raised on Awabakal land. I grew up primarily with the cultural traditions of my brothers’ mob, though I have ties to the Wiradjuri nation through my paternal side. I’m still exploring my Aboriginal heritage and lineage.
WHAT is my main focus?
I am an emerging poet; I enjoy writing, performing and editing poetry. I work part-time as a research/project assistant with Walanga Muru, Macquarie University’s Office of Indigenous Strategy, on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tertiary education projects. I’m an aspiring Arts and GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives and museums) professional.
All of my current projects are important to me. For more on what I’m doing now, check out my Now page here.
WHY do I do what I do?
My writing has always been a powerful tool of communication for me, particularly as I have a stutter and associated tic. In high school, I garnered a love of research. During my undergraduate degree, I found a way to incorporate my research skills into the workplace when I began a cadetship with Walanga Muru’s strategy and policy team in 2016. Similarly, my interest in the GLAM industry began during my undergraduate degree as well, when I began to notice the silence around Aboriginal people in memory and cultural institutions.
My approach to my creative and professional work stems from an Aboriginal perspective because, as an Aboriginal woman, that is the only perspective I know. I want to offer my own experiences and opinions but, more importantly, I want to share my platform with and create space for other Aboriginal people who want or need to share their own stories.
WHEN do I find downtime?
This is actually a question I get asked frequently. To be honest, I enjoy keeping busy. However, I always schedule downtime with other people and with myself. I enjoy attending poetry and literary events and festivals. Coffee dates, with friends or with a good book. I try to exercise regularly and I enjoy long commutes because it gives me time and space to think. I am also the owner of four fantastic plants that brighten my room and my life substantially, and looking after them is a treat.
WHERE can you find me?