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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


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

Book Five dedication

Book Five dedication

The Northern Star is a newspaper based in Lismore – about 45 minutes inland from the better known Byron Bay.

I got my first full-time journalism job at a radio station in the same building as The Star, but I always wanted to move downstairs to work on the paper… it seemed to be where the cool kids hung.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

Signing

Anti-Princess Club book launch

What a whirlwind of a night.

The Anti-Princess Club was officially launched at Mary Ryan’s book shop in Byron Bay (my home town).Read More

Book trailer

The Anti-Princess Club countdown

I’ve been a bit quiet on the old mama blog front of late.

It’s because I’m in the middle of crunch time, making sure everything is in order for the launch of The Anti-Princess Club.

It’s all very exciting. Read More

Zohab Zee Khan

Slammed but inspired

I’ve always been pretty good at keeping my hopes down.

‘Don’t get your hopes up, Sam.’Read More

Swimming

Mums do swim

Have you ever noticed how the word ‘princess’ evolves from term of endearment to insult as a girl grows?

I’m not quite sure at what age the transition happens, but a ‘princess’ who is a teenager or woman is often being referred to as such because she is spoilt, sheltered, cowardly or stuck-up.Read More

Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea – exploited or exploiter?

There’s this girl who grew up in the town next to mine.

I’ve met her dad a couple of times. He’s an artistic type. Paints, draws, writes, dabbles in stand-up comedy.Read More