I caught up with the Hackney-based artist Alex McKenzie in her studio as she worked on her installation for the Australian Women in Wine Awards later this September. Hailed as the world’s largest gathering of Australian women winemakers and winery owners, an incredible 57 women from 51 wineries will be flying in from Australia to be part of the event.
Dr Jody Gunn is an Executive Manager of Bush Heritage Australia and she and her team have recently travelled to London to give a talk at the Royal Geographical Society along with the great-great-grandchild of Charles Darwin, Chris Darwin. (Photo: Chris Darwin and Dr Jody Gunn at the Royal Geographical Society)
Lily Newbury-Freeman and Emma Playfair are two Australian actors living in London. I caught up with them ahead of a rehearsal for their play, Food, at the Finborough Theatre. (Photo Credit: The Other Richard)
A few week ago I was lucky enough to stumble across a group of women playing Australian rules football on Hackney Marshes, London. It prompted me to speak with Marianna Graham, from the South East London Giants, Adele McCormack, from the West London Wildcats and Lisa Wilson, from the Wimbledon Hawks and Head of Women’s Development for AFL Europe, about the phenomenal rise of women's Australian rules football in London.
It's almost summertime in London and I have already started celebrating the lighter evenings with a glass or two of a fine Australian wine in my East London garden. Given my penchant for a tipple from the homeland, you can imagine my joy to discover that the Australian Women in Wine Awards will be held in London later this year.
Earlier this week I met with the energetic and aptly named Buzz McCarthy in a South Kensington cafe to talk about the Australian Women's Club. Buzz is a dynamic expat Australian writer, Doctor of Psychoneurology, trainer and entrepreneur. She is full of energy and enthusiasm for Australia and London and is President of the Australian Women's Club In London.
The Australian Women in Wine Awards acknowledges and celebrates the work of women in the Australian wine community. This year, a new partnership with Wine Australia means that the 2017 awards are taking place at Australia House on the Strand in London on Tuesday 26 September at 10am in the UK. (Pictured, Rachel Steer. Photo Credit: Wine Australia