About Me!

I am an author, journalist, editor, broadcaster, poet and spoken-word performer, thespian, photographer, project traveller, artist, broadcaster, festival founder, workshop host, MC, voiceover specialist, singer-songwriter and, above all, the Mum of two amazing young men. Hey, there are many things I am not good at. Let’s just say, I luckily found my niche in life at a very young age. Cheers, Wendyoh (Wendy O’Hanlon)

Why, my love affair with words?

I suppose I was born a writer. My great-great-grandmother on my father’s side, Jane Daley, was a recognised poet in Ireland in the 1800s – a tough gig for a woman back then! And my grandfather on my mother’s side was a newspaper editor in Brisbane in the 1940s. Words become poems, songs, books, plays, movies. Words are the building blocks of communication.

I wrote my first poem when I was six, according to family folklore, and was first published in The Sunday-Mail when I was 11 with my poem called “The Eremite” and later that year in the Queensland Schools Magazine. I wrote my first song at 13 when I was given a guitar for my birthday and started guitar lessons.

I also have a passion for amateur theatre and have acted, directed, written, stage managed, painted sets, made cups of tea, set up tables and ushered in punters for decades.

For 14 years, I was one of the volunteer organisers of the Yandina Street Festival and am proud to say that I built the performance stages from two to five during those years, booking many regional musos. For many young bands or solo performers, our event was the first time they had ever performed in public.

I founded the Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival in 2016, bringing writers and musicians from Australia, Indonesia and Europe to Coolum. In early 2017, I started the hugely popular fortnightly Words@play open-mic poetry nights at Foxy On Coolum and months later founded the Sunshine Coast Poetry Slam Championships (our Sunshine Coast region becoming a part of the Queensland Poetry Festival and Australian Poetry Slam Championships for the first time ever!). I’m not doing these fun events, these days, but they have all morphed into wonderful things.

As for broadcasting, in the late ‘80s I spent an exciting year doing a special AIR-TV course founded by Radio 4BC (John Knox) and Channel 9 (Jim Iliffe) – and I became their 1987 AIR-TV Dux… so awesome! I went on to start my own voiceover business, while working full-time as a journo at the Sunshine Coast Daily and later at the Daily Sun/Sunday Sun (Brisbane) before moving to London as a sub-editor for the Fleet Street newspapers. Fast forward… in 2019, I graduated from a radio broadcasting course and started hosting my own community radio show for three years. Now I have my own podcast – “P.O. Box 45 with Wendyoh”.

In September 2023, I launched my first two books – a poetry anthology ‘Girl with words – a little bit sandy, a little bit breezy and a lot salty’ and my colour illustrated children’s book ‘The Fly’. They are the first of many books to come under my publishing house ‘Tawnatelee Publishing House’.

email me: info@girlwithwords.com

Published Books

* ‘Girl with words – a little bit sandy… a little bit breezy… and a lot salty’. This is a 132-page illustrated poetry anthology of selected poems I have written throughout my life. RRP: $29.95

* ‘The Fly’. A lyrical and educational 30-page colour illustrated children’s book. RRP: $19.95

P.O. Box 45 with Wendyoh

Broadcasting soon… My entertaining weekly podcast where I host conversations with creative people. New episodes available across all platforms every Monday.

Speaking with a Smile’ workshops

Learn how to capture your audience in a confident and fun manner with a clear and appealing speaking voice. Suitable for authors, performance poets, event hosts and MCs and anyone in the business of being creative.
Full-day workshops starting March, 2024 at Peregian. Ongoing mentoring services also available.

What’s Going On?

What am I up to? What are other creatives up to? What festivals, events and competitions are happening around the world? I’ll keep you up to date with our creative world.

MC & Voice-over Services

I am a professional MC and Voiceover specialist. Contact me if you are require a fun and vibrant host for any event or a clean and professional voice-over for all your media requirements.

Creative Collaborators

I just love networking! Bringing creatives together of similar or very different skillsets to support each other, to create together.
This Page gives me the platform to happily promote my amazing creative friends. And I’m doing it for love, not money, of course!