Books are forever, and it was always a dream of mine to bring incredible stories to the page and in the process, honour those individuals who are brave enough to live and share their extraordinary lives. It takes a village to raise a book, and here are some of the book projects I’ve been fortunate enough to work on.
In 2014 I teamed up with artist Jana Vodesil-Baruffi for Permanent Impressions. Jana created a large body of work with the portraits of 50 women who have made a significant contribution to the Western Australian community, and beyond. The portraits were painted over 18 months and coincided with the 100 year celebrations (1911 – 2011) of international women’s movement. The project is beautifully captured in the book Permanent Impressions: A salute to contemporary heroines, written by Carmen Jenner and published by Carina Hoang Communications. Professor Lyn Beazley, the chief scientist of Western Australia, has described Permanent Impressions as a “… series of portraits representing women who have in their lives achieved beyond the ordinary and become role models for all ages. The project recognizes that passion, perseverance and often struggle can result in great achievement. “ Project funds support The Leukemia Foundation. For more information go to http://www.janavodesil.com/permanent-impressions/. In May 2014 Permanent Impressions won a bronze IPPY at the Independent Book Publisher Awards in New York City.
I also worked with Carina Hoang, author/publisher of Boat People, on Vu’s: A Taste for Life. The book documents the life of local chef Vu Do, who like Carina endured life as a refugee, and includes some of Vu’s recipes from his successful restaurant Vu’s Vietnamese Restaurant. I’m currently working with Carina on a new book called I Was There, which is based on the diaries of local war veteran and refugee crisis controller Talbot Bashall.
In 2016 I was the author The Artists of the Margaret River Region, which showcases 80 artists of the Margaret River Region and was in collaboration with MRROS (Margaret River Region Open Studios) and Premium Publishers. The book was launched in October 2016 and in May 2017, and won a gold IPPY award at the Independent Book Publisher Awards in New York City.
As a regular contributor to Perth-based Menu Magazine, I sub-edited the Masters of Menu Recipe Book 2. Launched in October 2016, some of Perth’s finest chefs shared their recipes and proceeds of the book went to the charity Cystic Fibrosis.
Celebrating my love of travel I published a travel anthology of short stories in Fluffy Towel Travels in 2011.
I’ve partnered with Clare McAlaney from Creatavision Publishing and on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2017 we launched Extra.Ordinary. Businesswomen. Showcasing 34 women in business across the country and beyond, the sell-out success of this book was the driving force of the development of the Extra.Ordinary. brand, and the birth of our latest book Australia’s Extra.Ordinary. West Coast. There’s a whole other book about the creation of this beast, but let’s first publish this whooping 440+ page book showcasing the best our state has to offer tourists. Launching in mid-2018, we’ve had overwhelming support from the industry, including Tourism WA and several city councils, not to mention all the wonderful businesses featured throughout this homage to Western Australia.