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

Toothless daughter

I’m getting ‘a little work done’

I’m of the age where I’m noticing a lot of my friends are having ‘a little work done.’

New boobs, tummy tucks, smoothed out foreheads, fuller lips.

Some of it is hugely obvious. Some of it is subtle. Some I’m sure I haven’t noticed.Read More

Colleen McCullough

Remembering Colleen McCullough

One of my greatest privileges while working in newspapers was to write obituaries.

At some rags, the obits are palmed off to cadets, not seen as ‘real’ news, especially in small towns where the subjects aren’t exactly famous.Read More

NSW Finals Poetry Slam

Poetry slam state finals

The organisers of the Australian Poetry Slam have uploaded the vid of my performance at the NSW Finals.

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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


Making an ass out of bullies

‘There’s something you should see.’

One of my friends pointed to the picnic table near the senior study.Read More

Take flight

Maybe she’ll be a pilot

Amelia Earhart

‘Plane, plane, plane!’

It was one of Libby’s first words.

She sounded like that little guy in Fantasy Island whenever a plane flew overhead.Read More

Inspire Her Mind

Pretty brilliant advertising

I was going to post about something else tonight, but then I saw this and it couldn’t wait:

Inspire her mind. It’s such a good ad.Read More