Freelance writer and Heritage Consultant at Essendon Football Club
Essendon Football Club
What are some of your career highlights?
I have authored and co- authored 16 books, including three biographies. My highlights are the people I have met while conducting interviews and research.
I was asked by The Essendon Football Club to write their official 150 yearbook for 2022, plus conduct some podcasts and help set up their Hall of Fame Museum. As an Essendon supporter, this has definitely been a career highlight year for me.
Describe the most enjoyable and challenging aspects of your job
Researching my stories, utilising skills learnt during my course, are always fascinating parts of my job; and piecing stories together. I conduct many interviews as part of my research, and the friendships I make through that have been long-lasting.
In terms of challenges, costs and travel time are certainly the most difficult to navigate. I’ve learnt to sacrifice in other areas of my life in order to keep doing what I love.
What are your strongest memories while you were studying at Federation University?
The community within a community that was present among PhD students. I wasn’t on campus very often, but whenever I was there, I was made to feel part of a special team that all supported one another. Also, Prof. Keir Reeves was a tremendous support for me personally, going above and beyond to ensure I was comfortable and engaged and able to get the best out of myself. There were many staff members at Fed Uni who were supportive like that.
Do you have any advice about life after study to pass on to current students?
Knock on doors, no matter how shut they may seem. Reach out to people who excel in your area of interest. Dream and aim big, it’s amazing what’s achievable once you show an eagerness and dedication and passion to what you love.