Writers on Tall And True

Artur Meyster

Artur Meyster

Artur Meyster is the CTO of Career Karma (YC W19), an online marketplace that matches career switchers with coding bootcamps.

He is also the host of the Breaking Into Startups podcast, which features people with non-traditional backgrounds who broke into tech.

D.B. Pacini-Christensen

D.B. Pacini-Christensen

D.B. (Donna) Pacini-Christensen is a vocalist and a published writer. She writes novels, novellas, short stories, poetry, songs, and literary/music reviews. She has a passion for photographing live performances. Many of her music photographs are on websites and in print publications.

For eleven years, before COVID-19, Donna and her husband Tim co-hosted monthly open mic music showcases. They have also co-hosted numerous poetry showcases and assisted with monthly bluegrass music jams. And before COVID-19, they entertained at private events and performed approximately ten times each month at numerous senior rehabilitation and senior care facilities.

Gianoula Burns

Gianoula Burns

Gianoula Burns (nee Xenos) is an Australian-Greek, born in Greece but raised and educated in Australia. Gianoula grew up in Sydney and now lives and works in the Canberra region. Gianoula writes about the impact of experiences on one's life, emotional development and our interactions with people.

John Taylor

John Taylor

John has been writing about wine since 2012, but his meanderings on life began way before that.

Born and raised in San Diego, California, John moved to Los Angeles in 1982 to pursue dreams of screenwriting and filmmaking. He attended the University of Southern California, where he majored in Shattered Dreams and False Hopes, with a minor in Getting Gut Punched By Reality.

After being handed a degree in Journalism in 1987 as a consolation prize, John dove into a career in music. Because getting gut-punched just isn’t painful enough.

Maxine Danby

Maxine Danby

I'm a fun-loving grandmother. Granny to the youngest, grandma to the older children. I love to spoil all of my grandchildren with sweet treats. I adore Christmas, especially now that the grandchildren are more aware of Santa.

I never imagined I would love to write as much as I do. It was never a dream. I was looking for something to keep myself occupied and looked at the University of the Third Age courses. On the site list, I came across a writing course.

Something swelled within, drawing me to undertake the course. I immediately signed up. I now love to write short stories and look forward to starting a book when my confidence grows.

Peter Walker

Peter Walker

On December 21st 2012, Peter walked away from “normal” life, leaving behind his partner, daughter, family, career and friends. He sold or gave away all his possessions and began a personal walking pilgrimage.

Between December 21st 2012 and today he has walked 13,000 kilometres in nine countries. His motivation? A personal investigation into Balance, Peace and Freedom underpinned by love first into his own life and into the lives of others.

Peter is a writer, orator, master of ceremonies, teacher and student of the possibilities and opportunities of life.

Robert Fairhead

Robert Fairhead

A middle-aged dad and dog owner, Robert is a writer and editor at Tall And True and blogs on his eponymous website, RobertFairhead.com. He also writes and narrates episodes for the Tall And True Short Reads podcast, featuring his short stories, blog posts and other writing from Tall And True.

Robert's book reviews and other writing have appeared in print and online media. In 2020, he published his début collection of short stories, Both Sides of the Story, and in 2021 Twelve Furious Months, twelve short stories written for the Furious Fiction writing competition.

Outside of writing, Robert's favourite pastimes include reading, walking his dog, and watching Aussie Rules Football with his son.

He has also enjoyed a one-night stand as a stand-up comic.

Shira Fox

Shira Fox

Shira studied visual art in Rotterdam and still paints and draws. She worked for a long time in aged care and loved it but the work took its toll. Shira is currently recovering from a mental illness at home with her pets. Her goal is to write a story every three months about life with her pets, and the people and other animals in it.