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A Bit About Me

Freelancing as a journalist, editor and copywriter for more than 25 years have afforded me the opportunity to work across most media channels, and with some of Australia’s leading publishers, marketing companies and digital agencies. While writing is my craft, my photographs have also been published in print and online (you can see some in Byron Shire News, APN’s weekly newspaper for Byron Bay.)

After studying for my Bachelor of Arts in Media & Public Relations at Edith Cowan University (Perth), a friend and I went travelling for a couple of years in the obligatory Kombi. We’d hand process rolls of black and white film on the road and post them home as postcards. I think this is where my love of storytelling really began.

Having cut my journalist teeth freelancing for a counter-culture magazine (REVelation) and street press in Perth and Sydney, I soon found myself working with bigwigs like International Masters Publishers, Federal Publishing Company, and Periplus Editions. While I continue to work with companies like News Custom Publishing and Australian Regional Media, digital media has opened up a whole new avenue for my writing.

Today you’ll find me based in the stunning Northern Rivers region of NSW, just north of Byron Bay. I keep myself busy by writing for the Herald & Weekly Times and Byron Shire News, working regularly as a freelance copywriter (www.nextwavemedia.com.au / www.llewcom.com.au), editing the Sustainable Tourism Online portal, and providing content on everything from pool products, construction, design innovation and insurance restoration to nursing and luxury travel experiences).

Find me on LinkedIn for an up-to-date client list, or email veda@vedadante.com for further information.


Favourite article I’ve written to date: A piece on indigenous tourism called ‘Through Different Eyes’ for Travelling in Australia Magazine

Project with the biggest fan base: Surfing Australia Travel Guidebook I co-edited back in 1997. (Shame I wasn’t in a position to negotiate royalties!)

Community project that’s brought me the most joy: Editing the two issues of Snapshot: the disposable art project for Brandon Saul’s noise and LOUD youth festivals. (Volunteering for the Brunswick Heads Chamber of Commerce was also a rewarding experience.

Most public pat on the back: Being anonymously nominated for and then included in the inaugural edition of Who’s Who in New South Wales (2008), as well as Who’s Who of Australian Women – Hope and Courage (2010), Who’s Who of Australian Women Reflections on Happiness (2011), and Who’s Who of Australian Women Musings & Milestones (2012).