This one time at St Martins...
My play Horse-Girl and Her Young Gentleman Friend was performed and gave me hope that my voice as a writer was something people wanted.
A story about a moment, big or small
When I was high school in Canberra, there were two guys, Tom and Edward, who I thought were really cool. It was the end of the year and everyone was applying for universities. I asked them if they were going to go to ANU. They rolled their eyes and told me, 'No way, we're going to Melbourne.' I had never been to Melbourne and hadn't really heard anything about it. But that day I ordered this booklet that you use to apply for unis in Victoria (this was 1996, so I'm sure a different system). I applied to a bunch of schools in Melbourne and then forgot about it.
A few months later, I got an acceptance form from the School of Studies in Creative Arts at Victorian College of the Arts. I didn't even remember that I'd applied, but I was certain I wanted to go. My mother went with me to Melbourne to check it all out and find a place to live. On Little Bourke Street, we ran into one of the guys- Edward. I told him, 'I'm moving to Melbourne too!' He looked genuinely freaked out. I ran into him a few times after that and the other guy Tom too. Always in weird places, like a far off train station I got off on when I'd caught the wrong train. They were always a little scared to see me. But I have no regrets about following them to Melbourne. I lived there from when I was 18 for the next 18 years and it's where I began my career as a writer.
Lally is a writer who spent most of her career as a playwright in Australia. Currently lives in LA to make it in Hollywood. She is currently developing TV.
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