I grew up on a 5,000-acre farm in Western Australia with three other people and several thousand sheep. The nearest location on the map was Marchagee
, which consists of exactly one house, one service station, and some very large wheat bins.
I now live in Hong Kong
. It is 273,000 acres but home to about 7 million more people than our old farm. A lot less sheep, though...
This helps explain why the view out of my kitchen window as a child was miles of empty space but is now the Post-it notes on my next door neighbour's fridge.
On the road between Marchagee and Hong Kong I've worked as a primary school teacher, a sander in a factory making blackboards, a brickies labourer, truck driver, bicycle courier, landscape gardener, kitchen hand, university lecturer, research co-ordinator for a labour rights NGO, shearing shed hand, tractor driver, CSR consultant, company owner and fruit picker in Australia, New Zealand, mainland China and Hong Kong. In between all that I managed to get a PhD as well.
I spend my time these days doing a bit of teaching at various universities in Hong Kong and China, but put most of my energy into my art and photography and starting a new business.