writing by jodie van de wetering

My day jobs have taken me through journalism, broadcasting, and nonprofit communications, while my creative side prefers to play in short fiction, poetry, and writing for performance. Here is some of my work:

Washing Day
Washing Day is a short play commissioned by Arts Central Queensland for their Living History Project. It’s one of five short works written to be performed on site at the Rockhampton Heritage Village, inspired by local history and the exhibits on display. It’s a day in the life of a late-19th century mother who just wants to get the laundry done, but her light-fingered, ball-obsessed, harmonica-blasting children have other ideas…
Performances June & September 2019

Notes from a Bar-Shouldered Dove (audio link)
Written for the Bimblebox: 153 Birds touring exhibition, celebrating the 153 species recorded at the Bimblebox Nature Refuge in central western Queensland and warning of the fragility of their bush home in coal heartland.
October 2017

#Auspol Macbeth (video link)
A remix of lines from Shakespeare’s Macbeth and speeches from former Prime Ministers Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard, Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull. Originally written for Aussie Shakespeare in early 2017, this version was updated to include the Abbot/Turnbull spill.
July 2017

Grave Warnings
I'm one of five contributing authors featured in horror anthology Grave Warnings.  My offering is The Specimen, set in the vast expanses of northwestern New South Wales where human life is just a tiny part of something much bigger and older.
December 2016

I contributed Rooted, piece of short fiction vaguely inspired by Welsh mythology, to the Sproutlings anthology of strange tales themed around wicked plants and creepy creepers.
March 2016

You don’t need things you need a point (audio link)
Inspired by the Rocky Swap, written for the Queensland Poetry Festival’s local poetry slam heat in 2015.

You can find stories from my time with the ABC here