“Whatever you do with your life – whatever you end up achieving or not achieving, the great gift you have in you to give to the world, is the gift of who you alone are; your way of seeing things, and saying things, and feeling about things, that is like nobody else’s. If so much as a single one of you were missing there would be an empty place at the great feast of life that nobody else in all creation could fill”. Frederick Buechner
Uniquely and Wonderfully Made Psalm 139:14 (NIV
Poetry and story telling has been part of my life since I was a child. My parents were entertainers and performers in Vaudeville and Variety Shows, travelling throughout Queensland country towns in the late 1930s - early 1940s. It was a wonderful time for them doing what they loved.
After the war they travelled again up into the 1950s when that type of entertainment was slowly phased out and television became the new craze. They became “showies” travelling showmen, working at country shows all over Queensland, NSW and Victoria. Life on the road wasn’t easy, but it was challenging in many ways and developed in us, a love of the open road and country life, for my sister and myself.
I watched my father write and perform comedy, bush poetry and yarns. He encouraged me to write and for many years we shared our stories and work. In later years we shared our faith and he wrote many inspirational poems that reflected his love of God and gratitude.
I began writing at an early age and over the years have created short stories, poetry, movie scripts, lyrics for songs and in recent years have self-published two books of contemporary Christian poetry, plus co-authored my father’s memoir. Both of my books have been turned into audio books and I’m currently working on developing my father’s book “The Last Mile” into an audio book.
I also write personalised poetry for special occasions and I’ve performed at weddings, anniversaries, birthday parties, retirement celebrations and other special events as well as writing about things that happen to me. I draw inspiration from everyday living and anything can spark a poem.
I am a Queenslander and retired to the Sunshine Coast in 2014, finally coming home to where my heart is. I have family living from Brisbane to Bundaberg, with a daughter and two grandchildren who live in Sydney.
I regularly attend Church on the Rise, Maleny and St Margaret’s Anglican Church, Woombye. I live at Conondale and love the country life.