Arise, Sir Nigel Bowen

Though he’s largely forgotten now, my namesake Sir Nigel Bowen AC, KBE (1911- 1994) was a significant figure in Australian law and politics in the latter half of the 20th century. Interestingly enough, he shared chambers with Gough Whitlam and John Kerr early on his career before going on to become the Liberal member for … Read more

Weaving rejection into journalistic gold

There’s no shortage of rebuffs involved in being a journopreneur. Most of it is water off a duck’s back but sometimes a snub really sticks in your craw. Take, for example, my dealings with a short-lived client I’ll call Michael. Michael advertised that he needed articles for a recently launched news and opinion website he … Read more

Seeing the light

When I walked away from mainstream journalism back in early 2012 ago I assumed my days of working as an editor were behind me. As it’s turned out, I now find myself piloting two publications: one that’s produced by a custom publisher that insists I do my thing on the down low and Light Home, … Read more

Celebrate Australia Day with Curtis and some true-blue wagyu

I don’t like to make a big deal about it but I am periodically called up to serve my country. And by ‘serve my country’ I mean sit in my suburban, air-conditioned office and get paid good coin to churn out copy on Aussie success stories for Austrade’s Australia Unlimited ( In the lead up … Read more