My job as a broadcast engineer in Sarawak in the 1990s eventually led to my first paid writing gig – a monthly parenting column for the Borneo Post. I was no parenting expert, rather I interviewed experts to answer my own parenting dilemmas. Interviewing people and writing became my way of trying to understand the world.
Since then travels and family commitments led to several career changes, including teaching English to migrants in Adelaide, Australia. Around 2012, when many refugees started arriving in Australia by boat, I turned once again to writing. I started interviewing refugees and writing their stories. In 2015, I won an Arts SA Emerging Artist Mentorship grant for this book, titled ‘Refuge’, available for free to read here in 50 episodes.
My frustration at not being able to find a traditional publisher for Refuge led me to consider how communities can collect and tell their own stories. Through this, I have become involved in several community story-telling projects around disability and faith, and I am currently working on the OCF Heritage Project.