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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


Anti-Princess Club

Measuring success

Let’s call him ‘Artist One.’

We were chatting a while back about what I considered the success of someone we’ll call ‘Artist Two.’

“Artist Two’s work is amazing,” I said. “Artist Two is winning loads of awards,” I said. “Artist Two has tens of thousands of followers on social media,” I said.

Artist One narrowed his eyes. “Yes, but Artist Two drives a beaten up Holden.”Read More

Promised Land

Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival

I’m in love with Bellingen. 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

Writing

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