about lucy

When she's not nurturing her diverse freelance writing enterprise, Lucy Graham can be found in a classroom, working as a casual relief teacher.

For Stage Whispers, Lucy regularly writes feature articles, and reviews high-profile professional, amateur, community and school performances. See the full list here

Lucy has interviewed actors Geoffrey Rush, Shane Bourne, Magda Szubanski, Hugh Sheridan, Gerry Connolly and Mitchel Butel, iconic playwright Ray Lawler, puppetry master Finn Caldwell, singers Ben Lewis, Justin Burford and Jordie Lane, technological wizard Robbie Klaesi, and incredible costume/set designer Gabriela Tylesova.

Lucy's human interest articles and hard news stories have been published in The Age and Brisbane TimesLeader Community NewspapersThe Pluck, Webchild, and Readers Digest. She has reviewed novels for the Australian Women Writer's Challenge, activities for Weekend Notes, secondary school music resources for Blake Education, and cafes for Melbourne Coffee Review 2012. Lucy's latest divergence is biographical writing. 

Passions include children's literature, music theatre, movies, walking on the beach, getting groups singing, and lively conversation. She cannot abide the terms 'loser', 'whatever' and 'who cares', has chronically flat feet, and a debilitating mouse-phobia.

In an earlier life Lucy was a music teacher in pre-school, primary and secondary school contexts in both government and independent schools, and for Yamaha Music Australia and the Victorian Boys' Choir.

Later she was employed for a decade by the Uniting Church in Australia (Vic/Tas Synod) to form the Contemporary Music Network, a body of more than 1,000 people at its height. Here she ran conferences, a state-wide choir network, and 'singing down the wire' demonstrations to raise awareness of asylum seeker detention policy. Her blog, spirited and singing is a forum for church musicians interested in pushing the musical boundaries.

Lucy studied voice with Welsh soprano Joan Dargavel and Rhonda Bruce at the University of Melbourne, and was awarded the Muriel Cheek Singing Scholarship. Formal qualifications include a Master of Arts (writing and literature), Bachelor of Music, Graduate Diploma in Education (secondary), and a Graduate Certificate in Children's Literature. She sings in a band called Paper Scissors Rock, and is a member of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, Victorian Writers Centre, Melbourne PEN, Victorian Institute of Education, and the Australian Education Union.

Lucy lives in Melbourne's "burbs" with the love-of-her-life, 3 irrepresible and inspirational offspring, and a labrador with a penchant for socks and occasionally an unsuspecting chook.

Contact Lucy here