I first started writing by keeping a journal of the various journeys and trips I took. I’d often sketch images and write down thoughts while on the move.
As my travels and experiences widened I found myself writing about environmental and social issues after completing a degree in Environmental Science and a Diploma of Journalism.
Over the years I’ve travelled throughout Europe, the US, South East Asia, the South Pacific and Australia and enjoy learning about people, their cultures, nature and environmental issues.
For a time I lived in Switzerland and on the tiny island of Norfolk Island in the South Pacific — two very different places.
I was editor of the former Eco News newspaper and established and maintained its online version for 4 years. I’ve also written feature travel articles for various magazines in the past.
I live in Queensland, Australia within a small but beautiful patch of rainforest . I love the local environment and like to run the local trails, climb local mountains, ride through the hinterland and explore as much as possible within the local and nearby National Parks. Living within the forest and running on the trails has helped me reconnect with the environment in a very special way.
I also love to build things out of timber, and as a consequence I’ve built my own house. It was a long project and much like life itself, it had its fair share of high and low points, but it’s a special feeling to make shelter, generate your own power, provide your own drinking water and look after your own waste.
I believe all things worth doing contain lessons, and I’m inspired by many writers, especially the words of Henry David Thoreau.
Side note: Why ‘Beyond the Woods‘?
From Henry David Thoreau’s, Walden, Chapter 2…
“Indeed, by standing on tiptoe I could catch a glimpse of some of the peaks of the still bluer and more distant mountain ranges in the northwest, those true-blue coins from heaven’s own mint, and also of some portion of the village. But in other directions, even from this point, I could not see over or beyond the woods which surrounded me.”
This quote has particular meaning for my own process or choosing my own piece of land.