I’m Still Here

I may have fallen off the blogging wagon since moving to London, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been active! Since arriving here back in March, I’ve been trying to take advantage of this crazy creative kingdom, and its equally intriguing neighbours across the sea.

I spent the last five months working for an events company that brings together executives from the broadcasting and digital entertainment industries all across the globe. It was an enlightening work experience for many reasons, but I particularly enjoyed learning about the rising importance of social influencer marketing, broadcasting from space and digital imaging via NASA (!!), and the future of technology in cinematic storytelling. I’m understanding more and more how “creativity-technology-business” is an interwoven triquetra. I used to only focus on the creative side, but that’s changing.

I’m also volunteering for the Book Bus, a literacy charity that I’ve loved and followed for years (I even blogged about it back here!). I met some of the team at the London Book Fair back in March, and that led to me helping out with their communications. I’m currently writing stories for the monthly newsletter and blog. I love hearing the tales from Zambia, Malawi and Ecuador about books and storytelling bringing communities together and inspiring change.

Writing-wise, I’ve been writing web copy for a few London-based start-up companies. I was not prepared for how huge the start-up community is here, as we don’t really have one in Brisbane. But it’s a fun community to be a part of, and as a writer, I get to help develop the tone and style for a growing web presence, which is exciting.

I’m also getting close to finishing the first draft of a novel. It involves utopian islands and an environmental evil, and that’s all I’ll say for now.

Over the last seven months, I’ve managed a bit of traveling. We road-tripped from London to Stonehenge-Bristol-Bath-Forest of Dean-Brecon Beacons National Park (in Wales). I loved Wales so much that I went back to Cardiff for a long weekend and cycled the amazing Taff Trail, which took me to THREE CASTLES, through forests and countryside, and essentially into another world. I’ve also hopped over to France a few times – around Normandy, Alsace, and Savoie, plus Paris and Bordeaux. Worked in Amsterdam, and played tourist in Copenhagen and Barcelona. This is why we Aussies flock to London, right?

I’ve been inspired to blog again as this is the first week of my life that I’ve been able to dedicate full-time to writing and editing. I’m not sure what the future holds, but I really hope it’s this! I’m always looking to chat about opportunities – writing, editing, events – so drop a line if you’re interested in collaborating.

Until next time (which hopefully won’t be another seven months away…oops…),

Kahli x

Calling from a red phone box…

Hello! I’ve done that thing that most Australian twenty-somethings do, and I’ve moved to London.

I’ve only been here for three weeks, but just like when I paid my too-brief visit to Portugal and the Netherlands last year, I’ve found myself gravitating towards literary places around the city. Which, in London, is kind of like using a metal detector in a bank vault. This place is so full of literary history and promise, it’s overwhelming (truly, it’s overwhelming…I’ve been bowled over by a horrible cold, but maybe that’s due to the persistent silver skies). I’ve only just scratched the surface, but here’s a quick photo journal of the places I’ve seen so far (click images for captions). More to come! So much more to come…