The roundabout way

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014


Several years ago I applied for a job as a writer with a small company called Ecocreative. I wasn’t surprised when I didn’t get it: I had no professional experience and only a tiny portfolio of work, none of it relevant to the position. I’d applied anyway because I thought it would be a great way of combining my love of writing with a deep concern for our natural world.

Since then I’ve written as a freelancer and for a local magazine, penning articles for magazines, newspapers and websites. I’ve written on a huge range of subjects, from aeroplanes, art and architecture to the Afghan women’s cycling team, but the stories that gave me the greatest satisfaction all had some connection with the environment. Again and again I was drawn to subjects like cycling, solar power, electric vehicles, feral species, river pollution – the good news and the bad about our world.

But Adelaide is a small city. It was only a matter of time before our paths crossed again. After I wrote in a magazine about a fledging organisation called Nature Play SA, I was asked to contribute blog posts to their website, which was being managed by – you guessed it – Ecocreative.

I was given the opportunity to work on one of their projects, then another. Nature play, waste disposal, citizen science, sustainability – the work so far has been interesting, varied, challenging and, perhaps most importantly, worthwhile. There’s a sense of purpose about the team that makes my days in the Ecocreative office fun and satisfying.

After almost nine years I couldn’t be happier to finally be working for Ecocreative. I might have got here in a roundabout way, but it was worth the wait.