I’m pedantic about apostrophes and I like Oxford commas. But what most excites me about writing is story telling. I like writing that means what it says and says what it means. Years ago – okay, decades ago – when I was a journalism student, one of my lecturers commented on one of my assignments that I wrote with ‘poise and clarity’. I have carried that compliment with me ever since, as something I am capable of and as something I aspire to.
If you’re into old-fashioned notions of grammatical writing, such as not ending a sentence with a preposition or starting one with a conjunction, you will have noticed that I have a healthy disregard for those conventions. I like to quote Winston Churchill on such matters: “This is the type of errant pedantry up with which I will not put.”
But I like words that flow, writing that tells a story, rules that help that process. I enjoy working with researchers to find the story in their research and to tell it in a way that is meaningful to readers, aspiring always to be clear and concise.
I love words and I love writing. I’m privileged to make my living with them; even more privileged to get to work with leading researchers throughout Australia on the topics that matter most to me, which mainly fall in the agricultural, environmental and life sciences.
I am based in Perth, Western Australia and work from a home office overlooking a small frog pond. I share my house with my husband, our two almost-grown children, and a Labrador dog. Five chooks rule the backyard, because you can take the girl out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the girl. I have horses too, but unfortunately, not in my backyard.
If you have research you’d like help communicating about, or if you and your team are interested in some professional development in science communication and report writing, please get in touch and we can talk about what may be possible.
(BSc [Biology], Grad Dip Journalism)