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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


The Anti-Princess Club

The Anti-Princess Club books

The moment has come.

I’ve been given the all clear to finally let you in on the titles, covers and brief synopses of my books (due for release with Allen & Unwin in March)… drumroll please…

The series is called…Read More

Greens War on Barbie

No Gender December wraps up

‘GREENS WAR ON BARBIE’ the headline roared.

It was the perfect front-page story in the lead-up to toy consumerism on steroids – also known as Christmas.Read More

Pre-school graduation

My pre-school graduate

Holy cuteness, Lib graduated from pre-school today.

It was the loveliest morning. Read More

Hermione

Are kids’ stories suffering from Hermione syndrome?

Something got my back up this week, but it’s made me even more determined to fulfil my latest goal.

I want to write a children’s television show.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

Rapunzel

The tangled web I wove

Elsagate reached its peak last week.

I was at the supermarket for no more than half an hour and counted FOUR pre-schoolers in sparkly blue lamé and cheap white mesh – AKA Elsa costumes.Read More