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Meet Coretext writer Claire Crawford

A fount of eclectic knowledge, Claire combines technical smarts with an old-fashioned love of the written word.

She has a great dry sense of humour and is always up for a challenge – which come in handy when teaching the older folk in the office new tricks on social media! Learn more about Claire in our #2minuteswithcoretext series.

Describe your job:

I’m primarily a writer for Coretext. Mainly on agricultural topics but even in my short time here I have covered a broad range of topics and writing styles. I also do some editing as needed.

How long have you worked at Coretext? A bit over a year.

Best aspect of your job?

Speaking to passionate people about their (often niche) interests, and working with them to capture and share their stories and efforts.

Tell us about the photo you’ve provided:

I spend the majority of my spare time trying to draw and paint, but my cat Aello feels it is a crime she is not the centre of attention at all times. The reason I now tape watercolour paintings to boards rather than my desk is otherwise she’d be sitting on a wet painting right now.

Where were you born?  Swan Hill, Victoria, Wamba Wamba country.

What are the best things about where you live now?

I grew up in a rural area, so in Melbourne it's fun to be able to just tram over to a suburb and explore the little subcultures in each area. So many different foods to try :)

What are you reading, watching or listening to?

Started reading the Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki again after briefly losing it after moving and reading other books for a while. Has a similar vibe to Pride and Prejudice or Little Women but set in the context of 1930’s Japan. Have been loving it so far.

If you weren’t doing your job what would you be doing? 

Still creating: painting, sewing, cooking etc. I just like learning from talented people and then making stuff with my hands.

My earliest memory is:

A lot of my earliest memories are being bored in my mum’s ute while she drove around the farm and then suddenly being thrown into a high-speed adventure as she tried to prevent a group of rebel sheep from being somewhere they shouldn’t be. This became my sister and my job once we were old enough to head out on our own on horseback.

When I was a child I wanted to be:

Writer was always on the cards since a teacher in primary school told me my writing was good enough I could be an author. But because that felt unrealistic, I also said gymnast a lot because that was the sport I was doing at the time. Since I ended up being 6’1 with chronic back pain it’s probably a good thing I didn’t put too many eggs in that basket.

I have a talent for:

Teaching myself things. I often just decide one day that I want to know how to do something and through the power of the internet I become a novice expert in a matter of days.

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