Deirdre Fidge

Freelance Writer

Location icon Australia

Hey! I'm a writer and social worker who has recently moved back to Melbourne after living in the UK. I regularly contribute to a range of publications including Frankie magazine, Junkee, Sydney Morning Herald and the Guardian. I recently had the pleasure of writing several comedy sketches for BBC with Chris Forbes (Scot Squad). Last year I also wrote for ABC TV's series Get Krackin'.

I’ve appeared as a featured artist for the Emerging Writers’ Festival, National Young Writers Festival and Melbourne Writers Festivals, and chaired panels on comedy, feminism and mental health.

Shoot me an email at deirdrefidge at gmail dot com if you'd like to work together.

the Guardian
'I designed myself a syllabus of quarantine goals - then spent weeks eating cereal in bed'

Last week a friend jokingly asked to compare how many cliched quarantine activities we'd done, mentioning with excitement "I even pickled something!" After a brief pause, while flashbacks of stressfully eating cereal in my bed at 5pm played in my mind, I realised that instead of fully leaning into the goal-driven mindset, I'd fully leaned out.

The Age
Forcing ourselves to feel happy can make us feel a whole lot worse

By Deirdre Fidge Updated first published at Normal text size Larger text size Very large text size Have you ever encountered a suffering sandwich? No, I'm not referring to a baguette with tinnitus or a panini going through a divorce. Has there been a time where you have experienced a negative emotion, and then felt bad for feeling that way?

What I Miss from the Outside World: Walking Without Purpose

For key workers, the coronavirus pandemic means putting yourself in danger on a daily basis to deliver essential public services. For the rest of us, it's the most boring crisis in living memory: all we can do is sit inside and think about how much we want to go outside.

road test: instant coffee

For frankie 89, writers Chris Harrigan and Deirdre Fidge swapped café-brewed cuppas for instant coffee. CLIPPER SUPER SPECIAL ORGANIC DECAF - Decaffeinated coffee gets a bad rap, and causes people to say weird things like, "Decaf is like kissing your sister."

Omny Studio
70. Dee Fidge - Birds Are Arrogant

Why do birds suddenly appear Every time you are near? Because they're problematic and potentially spying on you. Dee Fidge exposes the dark truth of the bad bird. Sign up to our mailing list at

The Sydney Morning Herald
Sometimes, 'self-care' isn't supposed to make you feel good

Opinion Normal text size Larger text size Very large text size If someone tells me to have a bubble bath one more time I just may scream. In recent years, self-care has shifted in mainstream dialogue from having a specific definition to being loosely applied to anything vaguely related to feeling good.

ABC News
I bought my female empowerment for the bargain price of $699

Posted May 11, 2017 04:53:32 It's always enjoyable to look back on vintage advertisements through the lens of today. How could beauty campaigns ostensibly calling women too fat or ads comparing wives to kitchen appliances possibly be seen as acceptable, let alone sell consumer goods? You see, modern gals are too smart for those ads.

Please Stop Screaming When You Sneeze

I would like to propose all loud sneezers wear badges on their shirts, or even brightly-coloured hats, as a signal of their complete lack of control. Welcome to Junkee's most pure column: Heartfelt Rants About Extremely Petty Gripes, where very funny people get mildly peeved about something stupid, such as scream-sneezing.

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