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Samantha Turnbull Writer, mother, anti-princess

Jellyfish in Byron Bay

The non-hipster-mum-on-a-budget guide to Byron Bay

I’ve lived in ‘the Bay’ for about 15 years. That means I’m nowhere close to being a local… never really will be, but my kids are born and bred (they’ll just have to cop their mum being called a ‘blow-in’ – yawn).

I love it here, but have to deal with almost daily slandering of the place from colleagues and family who live in surrounding towns.

One relo called it ‘Nimbin by the sea’ at Christmas lunch… but I wasn’t sure if he meant it as a criticism or compliment, because the dude was actually from Nimbin himself.

I get why some people loathe it – it’s expensive, it’s busy, it’s a bit of a scene… but it’s not all of those things all of the time.Read More


Penny Pollard's Diary

Books that lit up my world as a kid

Happy Children’s Book Week!

The theme for this year’s event is Books Light Up Our World… which got me thinking, what were the books that lit up my world as a kid?

In no particular order, here are the books that I loved as a child and will cherish forever:Read More

Far from what I once was

Ch ch ch ch ch changes

You may have noticed this blog has had a name change. It had been appearing under the banner ‘Anti-Princess Mama,’ but I decided that label was a little limiting.

While, yes, I’m not exactly into supporting the princess machine (OK that’s an understatement), it’s such a small part of my make-up and I want to write about more than that one topic.

We can’t live in pigeon holes for too long.Read More

BBWF2015

Byron Bay Writers Festival

You know what’s difficult? Adjusting to reality after something like the Byron Bay Writers Festival.

I had a pretty magical time there last Friday to Sunday.

It also involved quite a bit of hat-changing.Read More