writing by jodie van de wetering

I've worked as a journalist and broadcaster, and in communications in the nonprofit sector.  These days I mainly write short fiction, poetry, and for performance.

Here's some of my recent writing, and a few old favourites:

Combining child care and aged care benefits both ends of the age spectrum
A central Queensland project is giving young children and seniors the chance to come together to play, learn and make friends — with a similar program in the USA showing it can benefit both age groups.
ABC Capricornia, October 2017

Symphony of success for young central Queensland musician
At just 15 years old, Isaac Graham is on his way to a remarkable career in music.
ABC Capricornia, September 2017

CQUniversity's first graduate reminisces on the early days of the university
As Australia's largest regional university marks 50 years as an education provider and 25 as a fully fledged university, its first graduate reflects on the early days of the institution and his own career.
ABC Capricornia, July 2017

What does the State Emergency Service do between disasters?
The State Emergency Service's orange-clad volunteers are a familiar sight during and after storms and natural disasters, but what do they do the rest of the time?
ABC Capricornia, May 2017

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

Film industry in regional Queensland experiencing surge of activity
There is a surge of activity in regional Queensland's film industry, with a full-length movie shot in Rockhampton in late 2015, the Capricorn Film Festival showcasing short films from across the region and the country, and an independent studio established in Maryborough.
ABC Capricornia, September 2016

I have a piece of flash fiction included in this anthology of strange short fiction themed around wicked plants and creepy creepers.
March 2016

Mandala artist combines art and spirituality for a career that goes in circles
The compass loops across the thick cream paper, leaving a series of curving designs reminiscent of a spirograph doodle.  But these delicate lines were not made by a children's toy, but by the hand of an artist who draws on her spirituality to create swirling abstract artworks.
ABC Wide Bay, March 2016

Stage time is just as crucial for young comedians as it is for young bands
Stage time matters for the greenest of comics because, as a standup comedian, the audience is your instrument. You can be witty, you can be insightful, you can be a walking wikipedia of pop culture references with a mind that moves at twice the speed of sound, but if you can’t engage the 20 blank faces in front of you, you’re not going to be able to make them laugh.
The Runout, April 2015

Hit the court with the Forbes Croquet Club (audio)
Join the Forbes Croquet Club for a friendly game, and find out more about their new digs on Halpin Flat.
ABC Central West, October 2012

Beneath the veil: Bundy nurses prepare for reunion (audio)
Practical jokes, pantry raids and polishing bedpans: life as a trainee nurse.
ABC Wide Bay, April 2011

Ration Shed now provides food for thought
One of Sandra Morgan's vivid girlhood memories is her grandmother carefully washing and folding the calico bags that held their flour, rice and split peas, in preparation for the weekly walk to the Ration Shed to get supplies. Today the restored Ration Shed is a museum, healing place and cultural hub in the vibrant Indigenous community of Cherbourg.
ABC Wide Bay, March 2011

Pay a visit to Queensland's last working flying fox change dispenser
In the days before EFTPOS or even cash registers, businesses still had to handle their cash quickly and efficiently. They used devices like the flying fox change dispenser, and a shop in Gayndah is as the last retail outlet in Queensland to still be handling their cash via flying fox.
ABC Wide Bay, November 2010

The fishy tale of the Ompax (audio)
It's one straight out of the history books - the Gayndah hoax that duped the nation's scientists for years.
ABC Wide Bay, August 2009

Paradise lost
Some say it's the most beautiful parrot in the world, but you can't see it with binoculars - you'll need a history book.
ABC Wide Bay, July 2009