Gillian Barlow ‘s writing self is gathering strength, but she continues to work as an architect specialising in housing in Aboriginal communities and for people with disability. Since attending the AROHO Retreat in 2013, she has been awarded her PhD through the University of Western Sydney’s Writing and Society Group. Her exegesis is to be published by Saddle Road Press. She completed The Haiku Room’s challenge of a haiku a day, had two short stories published in an anthology, and is working at the University of Sydney’s “National Centre for Cultural Competency.” Her work explores dwelling and place (the Japanese idea of ‘ma’) and draws on her mixed cultural background and life in Australia. Her writing is ficto-critical – an experimental feminist writing form, merging non-fiction, memoir and fiction. She is thrilled to be attending the 2015 Retreat, meeting up with old friends and meeting many more.