New Voices episode #4 featuring David Benn and Bronwyn Birdsall

The plight of the single white male… the search for a moral compass in rearing children … and unwittingly finding your writer’s voice are subjects on this week’s New Voices episode on 2RPH.

In this episode of New Voices, we explore the intricate pathways to the art of writing as a mode of tribal story-telling. For sure, writing is creative self-expression and catharsis; no doubt at all. But some of us go beyond secret journals and diaries, and start developing a form of writing that begs to be shared – and it is not always a matter of choice or design!

Part-time parent and single dad, David Benn, is interviewed about unexpectedly finding a treasure trove of writing plots – all surrounding his experience of bringing up two boys. They are straightforward stories describing commonplace events – which suddenly and surprisingly throw up gems of insight and wisdom. Some are moving, others just plain funny. Without proselytising – in an almost artless way – David deals steadily with all the curlicues of the curveballs being belted at him by the experience of being a single father. Parenthood – it teaches you to be humble and breaks you down. Just like writing, David muses.

Astute and focussed professional writer, Bronwyn Birdsall, critiques his piece. Without knowing him, nor being a parent herself, she immediately related to the poignancy of David’s stories and storytelling style. The theme they share in the interviews is finding your “writer’s voice”, which according to both is the result of unstinting self-examination. She recognises it in David and recounts how she too went through a process of “unpeeling” herself and learning humility in order to write her first novel (currently doing the rounds of publishers). The reward? Feeling the fluidity and ease of writing that comes with finding your groove – and starting to recognise the relationship you are building with your reader and listener.

Tune in to listen to both these interesting writers share experiences and tips on developing your writing style.

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About the guests:

David Benn is a jeweller and business owner originally from Queensland. After completing a Bachelor of Business at the Queensland University of Technology he moved to Sydney looking for work and briefly followed a career in banking and finance. A redundancy gave him the opportunity to travel, after which he returned to Sydney and pursued a career in jewellery.

Bronwyn Birdsall is a Sydney-based writer and digital strategist. Sweet Trouble is her first novel which has been selected for numerous work-in-development programs. Bronwyn is currently working on a collection of non-fiction essays, Personal Mythologies, and a novella. Her website is