I’ve written for several online and print publications over the years. Here are some highlights:
2013: Winner, travel blog contest for TNT magazine
My write-up of Lovebox Festival was voted winner of the TNT Travel Show Blog Contest in March 2013. Entrants had to share a festival experience and await public judgement on their submissions. The prize was a free trip for two to the opening weekend of Oktoberfest in Munich. It was brilliant.
2010-2011: The Year of Living Randomly
This was my first foray into personal blogging. I was in a bit of a rut after coming out of a long-term relationship, so I decided to do something every week for a year that was completely out of my comfort zone. Things got even more complicated when I packed in my job in Auckland, spent three months working in a kid’s summer camp in the USA then permanently relocated to the mean streets of London (not part of the original plan if I’m honest but I’m glad it happened that way). Talk about a life-changing year…
2006: Graduate of Professor Witi Ihimaera’s ‘Writing the Short story’ class, at the University of Auckland
My short story ‘Strawberry Slice’ was selected for publication in “Spectrum 4”, an anthology of selected short stories from graduates of the course.
While I was studying at the University of Auckland I regularly wrote for nzgirl.co.nz, New Zealand’s premier online women’s magazine. During 2006-2007 I held the position of the site’s Books Editor. I ran a fortnightly column of book reviews, author interviews and general ravings about books. Prior to this I’d submitted CD, film and book reviews on a semi-regular basis.
My favourite pieces were:
- Interviewing authors Lionel Shriver and Lisa Scottoline ahead of the Auckland Readers & Writers festival, 2007
- The Top Ten Books Every Girl Must Read, 2007 – my highest-read piece for the site, boosted overall readership of the Books section
- Boho is dead – a tongue in cheek look at the end of the 2005/2006 fashion trend – one of my highest read pieces for the site, funnily enough
- Fitness test: giving vibration training a go. Talk about fun
My boyfriend and I collaborate on The Shit That Ben Eats: a fake-foodie-blog that takes the piss out of our housemate Ben and his incredibly
gross creative cooking skills. We’re also on twitter: @theshitbeneats