I grew up by the coast in Sydney, Australia, lost amongst the
rocky cliffs between Balmoral Beach and Chinaman's Cove. I became a book addict very young.
through my twenties I wrote, read tarot and did numerology;
studied both my life's path, witchcraft, and everything Celtic. Well
everything I could get my hands on really. I
met anthropologist and author, Nevill
Drury, during a stint at what was then Harper and Row and he
was, apart from a very good friend, responsible for the publication, years later, of my first two books The Way of the Goddess in 1987 and The Way of Merlyn, 1990.
By the age of thirty two I had three children and lived off the grid in the highlands of Victoria with my coven.
1991, aged thirty nine I moved to Byron Bay. Bunjalung Country of the Arakwal People. I was reading and teaching
tarot and within a year had formed another coven. I
studied Hapkido, Aikido and Iaido. I also worked free weights at the gym and wrote Body Language, a handbook on nutrition and body-building.
I also began organising events and productions, beginning with The Wild and Wise Women's Festival.
I worked with two others on a Celtic festival called Wearing of the Green Day.
It was a nobody pays, nobody profits day. A chance for the community to come together without having to think about the cost. Live bands from morning till night, food everywhere.
We had a street parade and over 3,000 people joined in.
In 2004 I did a world tour that included Ireland, but also took me to Cornwall, Wales, Switzerland, France and USA.
2005 - The Quickening released worldwide and won an award for best visionary fiction 2006.
2006 I did the book launch for The Quickening in Ireland,
had too many amazing and magical experiences to list here and read copious
Tarot all up and down the west coast of Ireland and began writing The Shining Isle.
We are in post-production of a documentary called Nobody
that that explores the fine line between mysticism and madness that many people walk, and that many fall from, a big problem in our shire, a chance to seek solutions amongst a massive representation of the local community after just one too many suicides and drug-related deaths.
2012 - Music clip, A Fool Like Me, for Irish-Australian Willlie McElroy. That was on ABC RAGE.
2015 - produced Priteni, the Decimation of the Ancient Britons, all about my own ancestors. The magic, lore, art and spirit of a people thought long gone. Turns out, because of a keen and dedicated genealogist, my family (and possibly yours) is related directly to one of the key players in this remarkable true story.
2016 - the end of a four year journey writing a memoir.
Oh, and because I gave up grains and sugar in 2014. I'm fit.
What am I passionate about? The
art of clear communication, history, mythology, the legends of Irish and Celtic
ancestry, debating with strong-willed, good-humoured people, all the
wild things and all the wild places, the sea, the sea, the sea, and
a sense of humour. I'm known to be rather outspoken on matters pertaining
to the sustainability and guardianship of earth and the rights of
all species to self-determination and I prefer the company of animals
to most people.