Between Farmers

Issue 27 of Kill Your Darlings journal features an article that I wrote about an organic farmer in my home state of Western Australia who tried to sue his neighbour when genetically modified canola blew over the fence. Kill Your Darlings have published the whole article on their website which you can read here. I am very grateful for the opportunity to publish in the … Continue reading Between Farmers

The Hungry Lucky Country: Part Three

Part Three of the Hungry Lucky Country was first published on April 8, 2015 on Beacon Reader, the now defunct crowd-funded journalism platform. An edited version (much stronger thanks to Hop Dac’s skill as an editor) was published in Issue 25 of Kill Your Darlings, a quarterly Australian literary magazine. “While we have great opportunity and the hipsters, all with the latest wagyu beef burgers and … Continue reading The Hungry Lucky Country: Part Three

VMS built the Food Justice Truck

The Hungry Lucky Country: Part Two

WHEN SMART PEOPLE DO COOL STUFF Part Two of the Hungry Lucky Country was first published on March 8, 2015 on Beacon Reader, the now defunct crowd-funded journalism platform. An edited version was published in Issue 25 of Kill Your Darlings, a quarterly Australian literary magazine. How does a food truck go from being an idea in Patrick’s brain to being an actual truck selling produce … Continue reading The Hungry Lucky Country: Part Two

Patrick Lawrence is the Director of Humanitarian Services at the ASRC

The Hungry Lucky Country: Part One

Part One of the Hungry Lucky Country was first published on February 28, 2015 on Beacon Reader, the now defunct crowd-funded journalism platform. An edited version (much stronger thanks to Hop Dac’s skill as an editor) was published in Issue 25 of Kill Your Darlings, a quarterly Australian literary magazine. The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and Kill Your Darlings, both exceptional organisations, are practically next door … Continue reading The Hungry Lucky Country: Part One

You Should Probably Eat Asparagus

My housemate is smoking in a cow print dressing gown. I am asking advice, ‘But the bit where he told me stuff off the record was the juicy bit! There were even parts where he mouthed words so they weren’t picked up by the recorder but I could lip read!’ My housemate takes a drag of her cigarette, and sautes me with a withering look, … Continue reading You Should Probably Eat Asparagus

Scoby Do–Kombucha vs the State

We live in a world of frustrated ideals. Sometimes bad things, oil spills for instance, or plumes of carcinogenic factory smoke, are under-regulated, while seemingly innocuous things, kombucha for example, are hounded by the faceless men and women of the state liquor license board. Sarah Coles spoke to Dean O’Callaghan from The Good Brew Company, about hypocrisy, the healing properties of SCOBY and the sacred … Continue reading Scoby Do–Kombucha vs the State

Conundrum

A journalism professor once wrote, ‘The complexity of the journalist’s ethical situation is only compounded in the case of narrative journalism.’ When Sarah Coles visited Pickle Creek Farm, a farm just outside of Sydney in March, she expected rainbows and kumbaya–what she got was a farmer with attitude and an ethical conundrum. The first indication that I had pitched a tent in interview hell was … Continue reading Conundrum