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Lara Cain Gray

Writer for Hire

Brisbane, Qld, Australia

Lara Cain Gray

Writer, Editor, Researcher, Blogger

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Putting The Spark Back Into Your Relationship…With LEGO

I first fell in love with Lego as a child. We spent so many happy hours together, lying around doing everything and nothing. l can’t remember a world without those ubiquitous little bricks. But I must come clean: LEGO and I have kind of been ‘on a break’ lately. Fast forwarding a few decades from our passionate beginnings, things have soured.
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Are Recycled Mats Ethical Mats? Who Designs Them? Who Makes Them? Who Benefits? We Answer Your FAQs!

At Recycled Mats, we talk a lot about making ethical mats. Our core business is stocking a range of comfy, practical mats that are made from repurposed materials, like car tyres and drink bottles. You CAN create stylish, funky décor without destroying the planet! We also love to celebrate world culture via our mats.
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Are You A Book Geek? The Christmas Gifts You’ll Want Under The Tree!

According to Wikipedia: “The word geek is a slang term originally used to describe eccentric or non-mainstream people; in current use, the word typically connotes an expert or enthusiast or a person obsessed with a hobby or intellectual pursuit…”. Well, that pretty much sums up my dream date! In fact, it sums up the kind of person I aspire to be, although I’m rarely as ‘expert’ or even as ‘non-mainstream’ as I might like.
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Parents reveal 10 steps to securing your child a private school scholarship

When it comes to scholarship applications, there’s only so much information you can glean from a school website. Sure, they’ll supply you with the deadlines and requirements – but nothing beats the wisdom of experience. We spoke to families whose children successfully applied for scholarships at Australian private schools, about the preparation processes that get results.
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An insider’s guide to scholarship exams: expert tips

Applying for a school scholarship involves a combination of exams, personal interviews, references and a portfolio or audition where relevant. Some components of the application are easier to demonstrate than academic aptitude, like sporting achievements, artistic talents or volunteering commitments.
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How do you know when your child is really ready to start school?

Formal education for children in Australia begins between the ages of four and six, depending on which state or territory you live in, and in which month your child is born. If your child is near the cusp of age eligibility to start primary school, they could be a whole year younger than the other children in their class cohort during their time at school.
School Places Link to Story
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Upgrading your kitchen the easy way

Are you struggling to release your inner Masterchef in an outdated kitchen? A stunning modern kitchen is everyone's dream, but we don't always have the spare time and money for major renovations. Luckily, there are some smart and effective ways to create a more comfortable, practical and stylish home kitchen without a huge outlay.
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You light up my life! Brighten your home and save

When it comes to home improvements, lighting is often the last thing on our list of DIY projects. It may not seem as important as other aspects of building design, but bad lighting can seriously affect the mood and functionality of your spaces, not to mention your health. What’s more, outdated lighting will also crank up your power bill.
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10 Top tips to Winter-proof your home

We organise our winter wardrobes, get out the heaters and maybe even plan a ski holiday! But, more importantly, don't forget to consider the impact the chilly weather might have on your home. While you're in the mood for planning, here are 10 tips to winter-proof your house! Quality ceiling insulation prevents heat from escaping skywards.
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Home Economics – Education For Life

Did you study Home Economics at school? In years gone by, this was a popular subject for Australian high school students; sometimes even compulsory, especially for girls. Covering a range of important domestic skills, like cooking and nutrition, sewing and repairing clothes, and basic budget management, it was seen as a useful addition to the school syllabus.
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Is your content really contagious?

Almost any content that attracts widespread attention is described as having ‘gone viral’. But just because your video has racked up millions of views on YouTube doesn’t necessarily mean your video went viral. And herein lies the trouble – all too often, the term ‘gone viral’ is applied not on the basis of how content has spread but on the total number of views a piece of content has received.
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What do real employees have to say about your next employer?

Deciding whether a potential employer is the right fit for you is about more than their annual turnover. If all goes to plan, you’ll be spending a lot of time at this workplace; are you sure their company culture, management style and career development opportunities meet your expectations? Wouldn’t it be great to be a fly-on-the-wall and go behind the scenes of a company that interests you before you sign a contract?
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About

Lara Cain Gray

Lara Cain Gray (PhD) is a Brisbane-based freelance writer and editor. Her professional past includes positions as an academic researcher, librarian and museum curator in Australia and the UK.

She enjoys writing social commentary, book reviews, travel tales and therapeutic ravings about being a parent.

She also writes and edits material across a range of industries and media, including web copy, guest blogs, ghost blogs, corporate communications, newsletters, brochures and academic papers.

Lara would love to chat to you about new opportunities. Get in touch!

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Skills

  • Academic editing
  • Academic writing
  • Online content writing
  • Corporate newsletter writing
  • Book review writing
  • Arts review writing
  • Review writing
  • Magazine article writing
  • Editing
  • Blogging
  • Brochure writing
  • Copywriting
  • Web copy writing