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I am a writer who lives in Melbourne, Australia.

My features, articles and other random outputs have been published in The Age, The Australian, Smith Journal, Dumbo Feather, Marie Claire, Treadlie, Sunday Life, Kill Your Darlings, and more. In November 2017 my non-fiction book, Made to Last: a compendium of artisans, trades and projects, was released by Hardie Grant. So far it has been distributed in more than 10 countries and published in English, German and Mandarin.


I am also an experienced copywriter and editor. In 2014 I launched Big Talk, a boutique writing and editing agency. Big Talk can help you communicate clearly and effectively across a range of formats and media. We work with content agencies, businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs, not-for-profits, and higher education institutions. We enjoy collaborating, can start from scratch or build on existing content, and always, always get the job done well.

LATEST PUBLICATIONS

  • Buy-side crisis management road map: Business strategies post-COVID-19
    Buy-side crisis management road map: Business strategies post-COVID-19
    Bloomberg Professional Services
    December 2020

    As COVID-19 continues to impact markets around the world, firms are stabilizing business operations and finding new ways to engage employees and support their well-being.

    This series includes an introduction and conclusion, and chapters on business continuity, collaboration, employee engagement and employee health and well-being. 


    https://spotlight.bloomberg.com/story/b...
  • Lives In Colour
    Lives In Colour
    Contributing writer
    July 2020
    Individual relationships with colour are as many and varied as hues on the spectrum. Telling stories about colour, however, unites us in a universal appreciation of the integral role colour plays in all our lives, the way it shapes our memories, affects our moods and heightens our experiences. Lives in Colour is a collection of honest tales told by a diverse group of creative individuals about the way colour weaves its thread through their professional and personal endeavours. For this project, I interviewed and wrote about Cameron McKenzie, Isamu Sawa, Rick Eckersley, Mardi Doherty, Clare Cousins, Simone Haag and Nick and Renee Garnham.
  • Grounded
    Grounded
    Contributing writer
    March 2020

    Grounded, a companion for slow living, by Anna Carlile

    Published by Hardie Grant Books, March 2020

    Grounded (adjective): used to describe a person who has a good understanding of what is really important in life. This book is your entry into a world that spins slowly and draws its inspiration from the earth, the ocean, the sun and the sky. Organised into chapters for the four seasons, each project will lead you to discover a new way to practise slow living and weave nature into your everyday life. Build a garden bed and plant seeds. Watch your vegetable garden grow, and pluck a tomato or two to make a salad. Go on a walk in the woods, build a campfire and then read the moon. Rediscover a childlike joy of nature through over 20 projects to cook, make or do outside. Grounded is the ideal way to put down your devices and spend time in natural surrounds with your friends, your family and, of course, yourself.


  • What you need to know about the European Commission's new sustainable finance taxonomy
    What you need to know about the European Commission's new sustainable finance taxonomy
    Bloomberg Professional Services
    August 2019

    The notion of what constitutes sustainable finance, how it is measured and reported on, and what it means for financial actors around the world is rapidly evolving. In order to create an environment in which the market can move as quickly as possible towards low-carbon investments, the European Commission Technical Expert Group (TEG) on sustainable finance has drafted an EU classification system for sustainable activities—the EU taxonomy for climate change mitigation and climate change adaptation.

    What does the taxonomy mean for the market, and how can companies take advantage of it? Where are the opportunities, and where are the challenges? Where will sustainable finance go next?


    https://www.bloomberg.com/professional/...
  • Broadsheet
    August 2018

    A Brisbane-based artist is setting a Melbourne institution a-sparkle during Melbourne Fashion Week. In partnership with ACMI, we speak to self-confessed tinsel maven, Rachel Burke. 

    The first item of clothing Rachel Burke ever made from tinsel was a jacket. It wasn't just any jacket. The garment was for Patience Hodgson, the outlandish lead singer of Brisbane band The Grates, to wear on stage at Splendour in the Grass, 2015.


    http://bit.ly/2LsYq5y
  • Made to Last: a compendium of artisans, trades and projects
    Made to Last: a compendium of artisans, trades and projects
    November 2017

    Made to Last: a compendium of artisans, trades and projects is my first book. Published by Hardie Grant in November 2017, it features 50 artisans from all around the world who are making useful, heirloom quality objects that will stand the test of time. 

    http://bit.ly/2gzNDcT
  • An illuminating partnership
    An illuminating partnership
    BBC StoryWorks
    October 2016
    It was a partnership with a Singaporean bank that brightened life in Myanmar for local families – forever.

    Sandar Win, a business woman in Mawlamyine township in Myanmar’s Mon State, warmly invites us into her living room where her husband, mother and a young girl sit on the floor, smiling as we enter.

    http://bbc.in/2fYVCSe
  • The autism discovery
    The autism discovery
    BBC StoryWorks
    August 2016
    Research into early detection is helping children thrive.

    Up to two per cent of the population is diagnosed with autism and researchers are continually working to uncover new insights and solutions to understand the autism spectrum. But what if the solutions were to encourage children with autism to really thrive in life?
     

    http://bbc.in/290ieLJ
  • When peace fails
    When peace fails
    BBC StoryWorks
    August 2016
    Questioning why conflict resolution processes fail can help make effective peace.

    “After civil war comes conflict resolution processes and peace agreements. But they often fail to establish lasting and sustainable peace, and violence breaks out again. How can we help fractured societies to make more effective peace?”
     

    http://bbc.in/2eBXU4P
  • A world without phosphate
    A world without phosphate
    BBC StoryWorks
    August 2016
    Finding an alternative to phosphate fertilisers now so we don't face a global food shortage in the future.

    Plant a seed, give it plentiful amounts of water and sunlight, and watch it grow. That’s all it needs, isn’t it? Not quite. Many plants, particularly high-yield food crops like rice and wheat also need phosphate-rich soil to flourish.

    http://bbc.in/2eC11cM