Sarina Rowell was born in Sydney, and lived there until she was practically a dowager, but is now a resident of Melbourne, ‘City of Literature’.
She had, in recent times, a column on the ‘Melbourne Life’ page of the Age newspaper, and was the coeditor of, and a columnist (under the pseudonym Avril Rolfe) for, Tony Martin’s humour website, The Scrivener’s Fancy. Sarina has also published pieces on The Drum, and the ‘National Times’ section of the Fairfax website, and works as a freelance book editor.
Perhaps her favourite thing is a telemovie about, or racily written account of, anyone who is ‘living a lie’: for example, a venerable individual who is a judge and a respected family man, yet has a whole different wife and set of children living on the other side of town, and neither group is aware of the other’s existence until the entire house of cards comes crashing down!
The vast majority of her Scrivener columns appear on this website. Here are links to some of her other pieces:
* The overseas travel bug
* Children of parents
* A tale of one city… and another city
* It’s hard to command respect when you cannot legally operate a vehicle
* Junior Masterchef is a real pot-boiler
* I’m with Whatsisname
* Change is on the cards
* You are what you read… maybe
* In the hairdresser’s chair
* A vacation is as good as a holiday
* Don’t bank on a conversation
* A city for time travellers
* The motherhood choice
* Do you want fries with that marriage?