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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


Writing tips with a grain of salt

Something distressing happened to me a few months back.

I lost my writing time.Read More

Signing

Someone has to do it…

I was at a party the other night, speaking to a school teacher (as you do when you’re a children’s author and have been visiting a lot of schools), when her husband walked past.

She grabbed his forearm and nodded in my direction.

“—, you should meet Sam,” she said. “She writes children’s books.”

The man, without making eye contact, shrugged his shoulders and said: “Someone has to, I s’pose.”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

Far from what I once was

Ch ch ch ch ch changes

You may have noticed this blog has had a name change. It had been appearing under the banner ‘Anti-Princess Mama,’ but I decided that label was a little limiting.

While, yes, I’m not exactly into supporting the princess machine (OK that’s an understatement), it’s such a small part of my make-up and I want to write about more than that one topic.

We can’t live in pigeon holes for too long.Read More

Promised Land

Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival

I’m in love with Bellingen. Read More

Somerset

Take me back to Somerset!

It’s Day 120 since my maternity leave finished and I returned to my job as a journalist.

It’s Day 46 since The Anti-Princess Club hit shelves.

And it’s Day 26 since the Somerset Celebration of Literature.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

Poetry slam

Me – the slam poet

Know what I love about being 30+?Read More