Anita's blog is largely about gratefulness - hers and others - but she also posts about things important to her including books, reading, literacy and Aboriginal arts and culture. The above photo was taken by Tammy Law at Anita's TEDx talk in Brisbane, 2013.
I had the good fortune and fun experience of meeting the lovely Annabel Smith at this year’s Perth Writers Festival. We were on the same team for the Stella Prize Trivia night (that's us below!), which was nothing short of a rollicking good time. Most impressive on the night was Annabel’s reciting (off the cuff mind you!) of the NATO phonetic alphabet. This is what is expected of you when you write a book titled Whiskey Charlie Foxtrot! Not long after Annabel invited me to be part of her Friday Fave’s session on her own blog, where authors offer one of their favourite reads. You can check out mine here.
Annabel is also the author of A New Map of the Universe, which was shortlisted for the WA Premier’s Book Awards. In 2012 she was selected by the Australia Council as one of five inaugural recipients of a Creative Australia Fellowship for Emerging Artists, for the creation of an interactive app to accompany her experimental speculative fiction The Ark, to be published in 2014. She has had short fiction and commentary published in Westerly and Southerly and holds a PhD in Writing from Edith Cowan University. So that makes her Dr Annabel Smith!
Today, I am thrilled that Annabel has been generous of time and spirit to share with us what she is most grateful for. Feel free to add your own gratefuls below. Annabel says:
I’m grateful for the accident of my birth. The older I get, the more aware I am of the suffering around the world: the people born into poverty, or living in danger, in fear, in ill health, with persecution and oppression and I remind myself not to take for granted things like running water, access to education and freedom of speech, which are, to so many people, the most incredible luxuries and privileges.
I’m grateful for my mental health. After struggling with depression on and off for six years, I feel grateful for where I’m at right now, which is not perfect, but fairly stable, and for all the friends, family members, doctors and counsellors who’ve helped me to reach this point.
I’m grateful for my family. My husband is supportive and caring and deeply engaged with parenting our son; my son is hilarious as well as challenging, which presents me with many opportunities for personal growth.
I’m grateful for books. Reading and writing have enriched my life in more ways than I can say; they bring me joy and inspiration on a daily basis.
I’m grateful for all those who’ve helped me in my writing career, especially my PhD supervisor Richard Rossiter, without whom my first book would not have been written, Terri-ann White and Georgia Richter who had enough faith in my work to publish my novels, Amanda Curtin and Robyn Mundy, my long-term writing companions, and all those in the reading, writing, blogging and online community who’ve been champions and supporters of my work.