Your columnists

DiVine is an exciting, fun and innovative website written by and for people with a disability. Here you can read more about our regular writers.

Bernadette Lancefield

I'm blind and have a seeing-eye dog named Zora. I completed an arts degree at Monash University, majoring in English. I've also studied psychology and behavioural studies subjects. I've always enjoyed writing. I've had articles, short stories and poems published in magazines. Through writing for Divine, I hope to combine my passion for helping others, and my interest in psychology.

Bernadette Lancefield
Bernadette Lancefield

Caitilin Punshon

After more than 20 years with a debilitating chronic illness, I'm still trying to find ways to live well. I strive to make meaning from my experiences but it doesn't always work. Visual art fascinates me and I also like playing with words. I'm curious about how people see the world, the marks we make and the stories we tell.

Caitilin Punshon
Caitilin Punshon

Carly Findlay

I am an appearance activist, blogger and freelance writer, community TV presenter and lover of cooking, live music, fashion and Darren Hayes. I hold a Masters of Communication majoring in journalism and new media. I blog at http://carlyfindlay.blogspot.com and tweet from @carlyfindlay.

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Carly Findlay

Deanne Newton

I have had a life-long love of writing which I followed most recently by studying a BA Honours in English. However, I have worked mostly in administration. I have been married since 2009. I have cerebral palsy and would most like to write about the emotions, frustrations and achievements of life for myself and others.

Deanne Newton
Deanne Newton

Graeme Turner

Since writing poetry about the colour green at the age of seven, I have written my way through the entire rainbow. I've also scripted theatre shows, written for radio, have worked in advertising and as a journalist on a disability newspaper. The loss of my vision has not closed my eyes to the world around me.

Gaeme Turner
Graeme Turner

Graham Clements

I have fought bushfires racing up the hills around Heyfield. I have scheduled television commercials in freezing Ballarat. I have even tossed bean sprouts in a shed in Sydney. I now live in rural Victoria where I write science fiction. Literature, science, technology, the environment and gardening are some of my many interests.

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Graham Clements

Isabella Fels

I have been writing mainly articles and poetry on mental health for over 10 years. I have written articles and poetry for 'The Big Issue' on my schizophrenia as well for St Vincent De Paul. I have also featured on the SBS Insight website. I love now getting my articles to rhyme, with DiVine giving me that perfect opportunity.

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Isabella Fels

Kate Giles

My background is nursing and disability support. When I began losing my sight to retinitis pigmentosa, I decided to study journalism and creative writing. Travel and peoples' experience with disabilities is my main focus. I have been published in mainstream as well as the disability sectors. Reading, writing, going to the movies, dining out and travelling are my main interests.

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Kate Giles

Katrina Breen

I am in my late 30s and have been teaching music for 19 years. I teach violin, piano and baby music. I completed a Diploma of Community Development in 2008. I am hoping to work in mental health. I am really interested in helping people to set goals and achieve them. I recently started volunteer work at an aged care hostel. I am also a yoga devotee and keen cyclist. Another lifelong interest is reading quality fiction.

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Katrina Breen

Maureen Corrigan

I have enjoyed a varied working life in health. I began as a medical practitioner then moved into management of hospitals, health services and aged care. My main qualifications are a medical degree, a master in administration and a college fellowship. I retired earlier than anticipated because of multiple sclerosis. This means I can enjoy other passions much more often.

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Maureen Corrigan

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