Alice Body is a young writer living half the week on a bush block near Berry Springs and the other half in an elevated house round the back of the Sunday markets in Darwin.
Upon graduating from The University of Sydney with a Philosophy Major in 2009, Alice decided to shake things up by squeezing everything she owned into her Corolla hatchback Tonto, and moving the hell out of Sydney to Australia’s capital of small bars, book shops, artist-run initiatives and live music – Melbourne. There, she cut her hungry little writer teeth on contributing regularly to local street mag Inpress, volunteering as a media officer at think tank Beyond Zero Emissions, and writing for the likes of ThreeThousand, Beat, PBS FM’s Easey Magazine, Death Of A Scenester, T-SQUAT, extempore, Crikey.com, On Line Opinion and The Punch.
Alice then dusted off the ol’ 8-ball that directs her vocational compass and gave it another shake. It pointed to the place of her growing up, Australia’s Top End. She quit her day job, donated 3/4 of her possessions to friends and charity, and headed north, with not much slowing her down but the bubble-wrapped banjo she is still determined to play one day.
Alice continues to write, following her passions for traveling, having interesting conversations and exploring the worlds constructed by other people’s creative endeavours. She runs an internal newsletter at her day job as an animal registrar at a Top End zoo, covering such things as methods of monitoring juvenile sawfish and wedgetail eagle eye operations. She’s studying a Diploma of Science at Charles Darwin University to brush up on her working knowledge of the natural world to better explore it. She continues to write arts articles, for Darwin street press Off The Leash as well as occasional correspondent work for national arts news and reviews sites themusic.com, artsHub and the AU Review.
In late 2012/early 2013 Alice was contracted by the Territory’s peak representative body for musicians, MusicNT, to coordinate an exciting project on MusicNT’s new and improved website. Named ‘The Green Room’, the resource sources advice from a range of different perspectives in the music industry to assist in the professional development of local musicians. Established musicians such as Jae Laffer of The Panics and experienced industry professionals such as Heath Johns of Universal Music Publishing provided pearls of wisdom. You can check it out here.
At the moment Alice has been offered the fantastic opportunity do some communications work for Charles Darwin University’s Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods (RIEL). Her work largely consists of interviewing RIEL’s researchers about their projects and uploading articles to the organisation’s blog.
Stay tuned, or follow.
All articles 2009-2013 © Alice Body