Latest Published Writing
Bri writes about: art, fashion, culture, pop culture, social issues, feminism, and law. She specialises in features, interviews, and essays.
How to Know if You're Ready to go to the Police? What I Learned
Comment for The Guardian
21 May 2018
It will take a long time and there’s no rushing it. For me (and for others I’ve spoken to), the decision to finally make an official police complaint about a sex offence wasn’t so much a “lightbulb moment” as the gradual knocking away at a tall wall with a small mallet, brick by brick.
Not just any old wall of insecurities, either. I’m talking about the wall that you started putting up from the moment you realised what had been done to you. The one that’s taken years and been fortified by all the casual sexism you absorb every day. The bricks that people added when they didn’t believe the other women you saw come forward, and the bricks you added yourself when you realised how expensive it would be to start seeing a psychologist.
an interview with lyn & tony -
vault australasian art and culture magazine: issue #22
1 june 2018
A lot changes in the life of Lyn & Tony. The duo split their time between two drastically different home studio locations – one in inner-city Sydney and the other among cane fields near Byron Bay. They have multiple projects with multiple collaborators constantly underway. Although they started out in fashion photography, their practice spans art photography, jewellery design, sculpture, installation, fragrance, and a combination of all of the above. The only constant in their lives, it would seem, is each other.
Associated risk - an edited extract of eggshell skull
published in good weekend magazine and syndicated across the sydney morning herald and the age
19 may 2018
It was a sweltering January in Brisbane, and day one of my new job as a judge's associate at the Queensland District Court. I had finished law school at the end of 2014 and returned to my home state in the new year after two months of travelling around the United States, eating hotdogs and drinking Budweiser.
New stretch marks at my hips were itchy from my fast increase in weight over the holidays. Sweat was soaking into the underarms of the shirt I'd ironed that morning. Things were off to a bad, and late, start.
I took a deep breath and knocked on Judge's door. He looked up and gave me a big smile. He invited me to take a seat and I remembered how nervous I'd been a year earlier, sitting in the same chair for the job interview. But as we chatted I also remembered how much we'd laughed together, how much I admired his lack of pretension.
The Darkest Web: exploring the ugly world of illegal online marketplaces
an interview with author elieen ormsby for The guardian
22 march 2018
It’s an arresting concept: the idea that rippling beneath the internet there is a dark twin breathing and growing. A place where drugs are sold; where hitmen advertise their services; where material to match any sexual urge can be found.
What pulls you through The Darkest Web isn’t its often-nefarious, sometimes-gory details, but Ormsby’s handling of three progressively intense narrative arcs. Split into sections, the reader is introduced to a few key characters in the dark web world at each level: Dark is about the marketplaces that popped up after the owner of Silk Road was arrested in late 2013 (he was later jailed for life); Darker follows one man who is determined to have his wife killed but who doesn’t realise the hitman site he’s found is a scam; and Darkest takes the reader through the nightmarish world of “child porn” (which many people believe is the wrong terminology for child exploitation material) communities.
young lady, that's inappropriate
an essay for griffith revew: 56 - millennials strike back
After graduating from law school, I spent a full and disturbing year working as a judge’s associate in the District Court of Queensland. The role required silence and discretion, and each week I sat, mute and powerless, watching things unfurl in front of me both in and out of court that made me want to get up and run. Forever the youngest in the room, often the only female, things that were normal to the seasoned lawyer unsettled me. I used to think all the time: Is anyone else seeing this?
Interestingly, however, the AIC noted a difference in perceptions of crime by gender: significantly more women than men reported beliefs that ‘a lot more’ violent crimes were being committed compared to previous years. Similarly, sticking out in uncomfortable contrast to the trend of a decrease in violent crimes, Milne noted: ‘There were 21,380 victims of sexual assault recorded by police during 2015. This was an increase of 3 per cent on the previous year, and the highest number of sexual assault reports we’ve seen in six years.’
Risky relationships: why women are more likely to die of a broken heart
an interview with dr nikki stamp for The guardian
24 february 2018
Takotsubo cardiomyopathy – commonly known as broken heart syndrome – is rare but real. As a heart and lung surgeon, Dr Nikki Stamp has seen a few cases herself, and the phenomenon provides a compelling opening chapter to her first book, Can You Die of a Broken Heart? The title reminds us of when Debbie Reynolds died “of a broken heart” the day after her daughter, Carrie Fisher, passed away in 2016, but this book rises far above the online pseudoscience accompanying those reports. It is possible to be so affected by grief or shock that a predisposed heart simply cannot cope, and Stamp uses this as an opener to explore the myriad ways modern medicine is only recently understanding (and admitting) to the connection between body and emotion.
Larger back catalogue
VAULT Mazaine: Issue 20 – “Urban Art Projects” an interview with Daniel Tobin
VAULT Magazine: Issue 19 – “What Fashion Means” an interview with Ingrid Verner
Griffith Review 57: Perils of Populism – What Ripples Beneath
Kill Your Darlings – ‘Memoir at any Age’ six-part interview series – featuring Lech Blaine, Fiona Wright, Anita Heiss, Richard Fidler, and Patti Miller
Griffith Review 56: Millennials Strike Back – Young Lady, That’s Inappropriate
Catalogue Magazine – The Breast Friend interview series (Five individual interviews published as part of a weekly series)
Kill Your Darlings – The heart of the matter: An interview with Laura Elizabeth Woollett
Kill Your Darlings – Shame and the “M” Word: On writing memoir in your twenties
The Writers Bloc – The Book That: Finally Got Me Writing Again (Thank you, Helen Garner)
Zanita Studio – Various articles throughout 2016
The Writers Bloc – Literary Cities: New York City
Acclaim Magazine – Comic Book Comeback
The Writers Bloc – Inching Towards Bethlehem