I am proud to share two activities related to my explorations on Elemental Japan.

NEW BOOK – Encounters with Kyoto

In mid-2019 I self-published the third Writers in Kyoto Anthology on behalf of the group.  As lead editor and designer of the book, this was wonderful feeling. Two launches of the Anthology were held, one in Kyoto in June and one in Hobart in September. The collections of stories and poems – around the theme ‘Encounters with Kyoto‘ – is available in Print-on-Demand and digital form through Amazon. It was a privilege to work with such a talented group of authors and illustrators.

My essay in the Anthology was titled ‘Shinsen’en, a Heian-kyo Power Spot.’ It is available through or ResearchGate for those who have access to it.


In November 2019 I was honoured to be awarded the Gold Medal of the Ecological Society of Australia (ESA) for my significant contribution to ecology in Australia. The ESA Conference Plenary Address draws on my career as an environmental scientist and recent explorations using the elements as a framework for re/connecting people and nature, particularly in Japan. The text and images from my presentation can be found here:

Woman on Fire: Insights from an Elemental Career