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

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


Why I write

Woman with a QuillAlways Josefa started this ‘blog hop’ a while ago, in which a whole heap of bloggers answer a few questions about why they write.

Zanni from My Little Sunshine House posted her response here and ‘hopped’ to me.

So, here goes:

What are you working on?

Finalising the editing of my four kids’ novels due for release with Allen & Unwin next year.

A few poems – this is new for me. I’ve actually been a little possessed by poetry for the past month. I’m planning on entering a poetry slam in a few weeks. Will post more details as the date nears. Eek.Read More

Jem and the Holograms

Truly outraged over Jem film

Jem and the Holograms

This is truly outrageous. And not in a good way.Read More

International Women's Day

Why we need International Women’s Day

International Women's Day

“Is it my turn with the handsaw?” “How about you sweep up the sawdust, love.” – Me, age 13, and school woodwork teacher.Read More

Libby and Jonah

In praise of our kids

Libby and Jonah

Baby boomers will tell you we’re raising a generation of softies.Read More


Taking back Halloween

A few years back, a wonderful teenage girl I knew was bemoaning the fact that all of her friends dressed in ‘sexy’ Halloween costumes.Read More


Dear 10-year-old Sam

I’ve been chanelling my 10-year-old self a lot lately as I write my next book.Read More