Happy 10 years to Lovelly Communications!

Very excited to share that Lovelly Communications is officially 10 years old!


I started my business in my last semester of university, actually while lying at home with a broken back (snowboarding accident). I knew I would one day run my own business and why not start it when I had a little extra time.

The business has grown and evolved over the years, as have I. It’s so exciting that at this time I’m stepping into the next evolution, bringing my services together into a program as a Personal Branding Specialist.

Flying solo is not easy, but then again, I’ve never really been alone in my business. I’m so grateful to all of my clients over the years, it’s been dynamic and interesting. I’m thankful to my friends and family, they’ve supported me and encouraged me. And I’m so thankful to those who have come in as partners and contractors, allowing Lovelly Communications to take on new and exciting projects at various times.

So Happy Anniversary Lovelly Communications! Here’s to the next 10 and more!


Cath Styles is the Accidental Cougar, Adelaide Fringe 2018

We are thrilled to be working with Cath Styles on her new show, Accidental Cougar. You can catch it at the Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne International Comedy Festival. It’s our fifth year working with this talented comedian and we can’t wait for another season.

Here are the details of the upcoming Adelaide shows for Cath Styles is the Accidental Cougar – Adelaide Fringe 2018.

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Sometimes you don’t choose the life … the life chooses you!

In the wake of becoming unexpectedly single, and even more unexpectedly turning 50, this fierce, funny feminist finds out what it’s like when your favourite joke becomes a reality!

From break-ups to wake-ups (and make-up!), Accidental Cougar is a fresh and funny look at dating later, and ever after.

Two jobs, two cats, two countries and four kids… nurse, comic, mother and mad international traveller Cath Styles finds a keepsake in Africa which turns her life upside down and makes her ask the big question…

Can you live your own punchline?

Venue: The Howling Owl at Howling Owl

Dates: Tuesday 20 to Saturday 24 February 2018

Time: 9:45pm

Tickets: Adult $25; Concession and Tightarse Tuesday $18; Group (+6) $20

Bookings: https://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/…/accidental-cougar-af2018

For media enquiries contact:
Emma Lovell
0413 955 970

New: The Colour Cycle Podcast by Diversity Arts Australia

This week Diversity Arts Australia have announced the launch of their new podcast, The Colour Cycle. The podcast aims to disrupt cultural whitewashing and examines whether Australia’s Arts and Cultural sector looks like Australia.

The Colour Cycle Podcast is a seven-part series by Diversity Arts Australia, Australia’s key national organisation advocating for cultural diversity in the arts. The podcast is hosted by Lena Nahlous, Executive Director of Diversity Arts Australia (DARTS).


“We want our podcast to open up conversations about why our arts and screens don’t reflect Australia’s real cultural diversity. We’re also showcasing some brilliant artists and creative workers along the way,” says Lena Nahlous.

The 2016 Census data shows that Australia is increasingly diverse with almost half the population first or second generation migrants. Yet Artists of non-English speaking background account for just 10% of artists compared to 18% of the workforce, according to the Australia Council’s 2017 Making Art Work report.

What effect does this have on non-White Australians? As Writer Benjamin Law has said “Growing up without seeing yourself reflected back in your nation’s stories is a quietly dehumanising thing.”

These are some of the issues tackled in The Colour Cycle. We talk to artists and arts workers from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds about their experiences of trying to break into the sector, dealing with stereotypes and changing the dominant narratives.

Each week Lena Nahlous asks the questions: does our arts sector reflect the cultural diversity we see on our streets? What does it feel like if your culture is largely invisible on stage, on screen and in our galleries? And what are strategies for change?

“We hope our podcast will challenge cultural whitewashing and the idea that you can just tick a box and tackle the ‘diversity issue’. The issues are not only attitudinal but also institutional and structural, and things can only shift when all of these elements change. We also intend to have a lot of fun and be a little provocative along the way,” said Nahlous.

Some of the podcast episodes to come include:

  • In ‘Creating new reflections’, hear how Benjamin Law dealt with the challenge of casting his Asian-Australian family in The Family Law.
  • In ‘Making spaces for refugee artists’, Carolina Triana describes how the first New Beginnings festival helped launch many refugee artists
  • In ‘Identity politics for creatives’ Lena talks to Sunil Badami about labels and why David Malouf is never referred to as a Lebanese Gay author, merely a great Australian author.

The Colour Cycle Podcast is available now on Apple iTunes and Android Podcast platforms. For more information go to Diversity Arts Australia or iTunes.

To arrange an interview with the host Lena Nahlous, please contact her on +61 416 020 384 or email to lena.nahlous@diversityarts.org.au. You can also contact Monique Choy, Content Producer, M: +61 438 449 196 | E: monique.choy@diversityarts.org.au.

Diversity Arts Australia (DARTS)

Lovelly Communications has been proud to work with Diversity Arts Australia on the launch and publicity for this wonderful new podcast.

Performance – Raspberry Ripple Reads: Love Child

We are so excited to be working again with the fabulous team at Raspberry Ripple Productions on their new work, Raspberry Ripple Reads: Love Child. Read more details here and make sure to visit Raspberry Ripple website for bookings!

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Press release from Raspberry Ripple Productions and Footscray Community Arts Centre.

Raspberry Ripple Reads is a play-reading event designed to add the dimension of difference to plays which are known within the theatre in Australia. It will also bring new work to the stage. The readings will see disabled and mainstream actors together on stage.

We are excited to announce our first Reading will be ‘Love Child’ by Australian playwright, Joanna Murray-Smith.

These readings will be a regular inclusion in the yearly schedule of Raspberry Ripple – one play per year to start with – and are a way of developing new work in an atmosphere of inclusion. We will try out new ideas with script in hand, and work out how disability can add new dimension in the context of established theatre practices.

We want to discover ways of finding new relationships within text – how new themes emerge between the characters.

At Raspberry Ripple this is gold to us. We are intrigued by the human condition, and for us, the addition of disability offers new provocation and possibility for interpretation that would not be in a reading where disability is absent.

Love Child is part of the Australian canon, by playwright Joanna Murray-Smith.

An adopted daughter comes to find her biological mother. In this reading of the work, the mother is a wheelchair user. Without altering the text, we will discover what is underneath the lines. What will happen?

Footscray Community Arts Centre
Performance Space
Cast: Alisha Eddy, Kate Hood – Director: Alice Darling
October 8th 2pm
Tickets: Full, $15 Concession,$10
Bookings: http://footscrayarts.com/event/raspberry-ripple-reads-2/

Help us Launch Raspberry Ripple Productions

Raspberry Ripple Productions, a disability led theatre company, is calling on the Australian public to help them create an accessible website and officially launch. The Pozible campaign launched on 05 May, 2017, aiming to raise $9,500 or more to help the organisation achieve its mission.

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As a new entrant to the theatre scene, the organization relies on community and government funding. The Pozible campaign will help Raspberry Ripple build an accessible website to host information about its events, workshops and advocacy work. The website will be accessible to all people, no matter their disability. An important aspect that many websites overlook.


The funds will also be used for marketing and promotional services to get the word out there and advocate for disability in the arts. Finally, they will launch Raspberry Ripple Productions officially to the world, with a party and event to be hosted at Footscray Community Arts Centre on Saturday 3 June, 2017.


Raspberry Ripple’s remit is to create compelling theatre of a professional standard, using disabled and mainstream performers, writers and technical artists to tell stories of living in the world together.


Critical acclaim and opportunities followed the new disability led theatre company’s first official performance, ‘Enunciations’, at Footscray Community Arts Centre in 2016. Raspberry Ripple Productions is coming into its stride as a theatre company making a difference in the arts.


Kate Hood, Artistic Director and Founder of Raspberry Ripple Productions is the driving force behind the campaign. She’s passionate about making an inclusive and level playing field in the arts. Kate says:


“After being diagnosed with a neurological disease, I became a full time wheelchair user and struggled to keep my place as an actor in the mainstream performing arts.

Then I began to work with my new tribe of disabled artists – and realised that there is a rich seam of material that has never been explored in the mainstream. The dimension that could be created by performers with disability has been ignored for too long.  

That’s why I started Raspberry Ripple Productions. I want to see a pathway made for performers, writers, directors, and any disabled artist who has the talent and desire to work professionally in the performing arts.”

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The Pozible campaign will run for four weeks and offers rewards from as small as a thanks on Facebook to tickets to the company’s productions, or being a named sponsor on the website.

Visit the campaign here: https://pozible.com/project/launch-raspberry-ripple-productions

Hood adds “We want the mainstream industry to celebrate the deliciousness of diversity!”


To learn more, visit the Raspberry Ripple Productions Facebook page.  For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Lovelly Communications at lovellycommunications.emma@gmail.com or 0413 955 970.

Don’t be afraid of sad.

What a wise man. YES! We are afraid of sad. As soon as someone is sad, we try to stop it in its tracks and stop those feelings.

Let yourself feel. Let someone else feel. Ride the wave. Really feel it. Experience emotions as they are meant to be. Not blocking it and putting it away for it to come back more powerfully and punch you later on.

If you’re sad be sad, move on. If you’re happy, feel it and enjoy it.

Ahhhh I loved his explanation of this!

Watch here: https://www.facebook.com/goalcast/videos/1106708176073038/

And enjoy this picture of a puppy I met in Bhutan

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This puppy is excellent company when you’re sad – after a little while, you won’t be!

Written by Emma Lovell, Director of Lovelly Communications

The Mosul article in The Australian that you must read TODAY.

Recently I read this incredible article in The Australian newspaper written by a former colleague of mine, Stuart Rintoul, from when I worked on the World Vision Australia media team. I was cast into a sphere of silence and my body felt numb. I totally escaped my own reality as I was immersed into the surreal world these people are now living in. A tent city in the desert, escaping from the ISIL hold on their city of Mosul.

Read the article here.

Photo taken from video shot by World Vision Australia in Iraq. Full video in article.

It’s really easy to see the news alerts come up and click “delete” or “mark as unread” to read later. I knew this wasn’t an article I could just leave sitting there. Lately I’ve felt a little lost. What will I do next year, what clients are coming up, who do I want to work with? But my vague sense of self in the past few weeks has nothing on these people who have had to abandon their lives. This is after being in a state of limbo in their city – waiting for a time when it’s safe to resume life as “normal”.

The harsh reality is that for these people, there is no longer a normal. There is no consistency or routine. Each day will come and they will prepare for it in the best way they can. Can you imagine leaving your home and not knowing what’s next? Some of us call this an adventure – taking a leap of faith. That’s true! If it was choice. If you had any other option.

The video attached with the article, although showing a terrible humanitarian crisis and one of which we are yet to know its limit, it also shows a sense of hope. The reason these people left was in the hope of a safer life. Children have had no access to education or even been able to play during the ISIL hold on their city. Now, World Vision has set up Child Safe areas where kids can be kids. They are playing games, singing songs and laughing. This is what a childhood should be. This is their time to grow and enjoy being carefree – not worrying for their safety.

I feel a little silly talking about my existential crisis after relocating states. But my move and life change was a choice. I wasn’t leaving a violent and scary situation, only to enter the complete unknown. I cannot for one second put myself in these people’s place. I can cry. I can feel sadness. But I cannot empathise. I can, however, use my voice and share their story.

“Do what you can” – And what we can do is give money to organisations who know what these people need. Their most basic needs to be met – food, clean water, shelter and a safe environment for their family. We can give them that by giving to the emergency appeal.

I urge you to take a minute out of your day – put your day to day in perspective, and for a moment have some compassion for those in need.

Support World Vision Australia in responding to humanitarian crises such as Mosul by donating here.

You can also hear a wonderful interview Erin Joyce, the Humanitarian Portfolio Manager for the Middle East at World Vision Australia on ABC Radio National. Listen here. 

Written by Emma Lovell.

Emma Lovell is the director of Lovelly Communications. Emma is a Blog Ambassador for World Vision Australia. She is also currently undertaking a contract with World Vision Australia on the Run India campaign.

Australia, who the bloody hell are we? Comedy Event in Sydney

An incredible comedy event on in Sydney tonight! Don’t miss this chance to see some amazing acts as well as open the discussion about Australian Aid. We can do more.

Lovelly Travels

The campaign for Australian Aid has been a force to be reckoned with – creating amazing and unique ways to get Australian Aid back on the agenda. We have so much in this country – I know you may feel you are struggling, but on a World scale, you have no ideas. I’m blessed to have had the opportunity to travel and to see upon reflection how fortunate we really are.

What we don’t understand, is that by helping others, we in turn reduce the risks to Australia both financially and often in the health sector. I.e. by working to reduce instances of disease and prevent the spread, the cost is less and there is a lower chance that it would reach Australia.

Anywho, this post is about an incredible comedy event on TONIGHT (sorry for the late notice) in Sydney. Here’s the details and I hope you can get…

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APACHETA: pop-up art exhibition by Melbourne artist, Ross Miller, partnering with World Vision Australia

We love getting involved in wonderful events like this. We are proud to be helping World Vision to promote this event in support of the Peruvian cook stove project.

Lovelly Travels

Travelling to Peru in 2012 was such an epic adventure and bucket list item. I trekked to Machu Picchu and raised funds for Black Dog Institute. I’ve always loved the latino culture and quickly embraced the Peruvian cultures and their vast history of stories and traditions. I loved learning about the Quechuan people and seeing their marks left across the land. The thing that stood out the most was the apacheta. A series of stones in a sculpture like structure.  I left one of these on a high pass, 4400m along the Lares Valley route in memory of my grandmother and the adventure we took on.
It’s so wonderful to see another organisation that I care so much about showcasing the apachetas and supporting the people of Peru. World Vision Australia (WVA) is partnering with Melbourne artist, Ross Miller, on a pop-up art exhibition of Peruvian inspired sculptures at…

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