Hannah Colman

good old-fashioned writing

from a young(ish) lass.



Hi, I'm Hannah. I'm a freelance writer living in Melbourne, Australia. 




I love words. My dad is a copywriter and we reckon writing is in the Colman blood. Over the past ten years, I've written bits and pieces while working in hospitality and social enterprise.

Please have a bit of a scroll and click around these parts to get an idea of my style and see some examples of my work. 

As well as frequently putting pen to paper, I'm the General Manager of Scarf, a social enterprise in Melbourne which uses hospitality to transform young lives.


Other things about me:

  • I hold a Bachelor of Multimedia (Media Studies) from Swinburne University

  • I love writing poems, especially limericks

  • I have a ginger cat named Ron (full name: Ron Burgundy)

  • I'm also on LinkedIn, if that's your thing


Please phone or email me if you'd like me to do some writing for you. 



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This is me in front of a tree.  Photo credit:  Janna Bennett

This is me in front of a tree.

Photo credit: Janna Bennett

All photos on this site belong to me unless otherwise credited. They're of my sister and I in the 1980s, if you were wondering. 




I've written news pieces, profiles and feature articles for Broadsheet Melbourne, mainly about Melbourne hospitality. 

My work has been published online and in print. 


Feature articles

A Different Kind Of Pizza

I spoke to John Farha and Joseph Abboud about bringing a slice of Lebanon to Melbourne, via The Moor's Head.

Choosing Winter Reds

Greg Rowden chats about choosing the best red wine to go with dinner. 

Making Salami at La Luna

Adrian Richardson and his team at La Luna share the salami love. 

(This article was first published in the Broadsheet Winter print edition 2012)

Dinner with The Sustainable Table

This dinner at the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival shined a light on sustainable meat-eating. 


News pieces

Make Dinner Victorious

Small Victories in Carlton North begin serving dinner and curious desserts. 

In The Kitchen With Edible Selby

Todd Selby's new book, Edible Selby, is a study of the most interesting and creative people in the food industry. 

KereKere South: Giving Without Expectation

This socially conscious cafe is buzzing at the Boyd Community Hub in Southbank. 

United Arab Eatery - Turkish Delight

This tiny Middle Eastern salad bar is producing delicious authentic dishes in Northcote. 




Thurley Autumn/Winter '09 catalogue


In 2008 I landed my first writing gig. 


My brief was to write a fairy tale of sorts, which would appear in the Thurley Autumn/Winter '09 catalogue, produced by Projects of Imagination.


The photographs, to me, were reminiscent of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, so to complement my story I borrowed a few words from The Bard himself. 


Photo credit: Projects of Imagination/Renee Stamatis








I'm the General Manager of Scarf, a Melbourne social enterprise which I co-founded in 2010. At Scarf, we believe hospitality can transform lives. We partner with great Melbourne restaurants and provide opportunities to young people seeking protection, and those from refugee and migrant backgrounds who face barriers to work.  Our programs include awesome hospitality training, mentoring and paid work experience.

For three years I managed Scarf's marketing and communications, from writing web copy to press releases to training inductions. These days I manage the Scarf team and look after social media, website copy, grants and monthly e-newsletters. 



read a recent SCARF NEWSLETTER

Check out Scarf on Facebook and Instagram 



Photo credit: Peter Tarasiuk 



The Clifton Richmond


In 2013 I undertook a project for Melbourne creative studio Koodoz Design (now August).

The project saw me write the brochure and web copy for The Clifton Richmond, a boutique apartment block. During the research phase I spoke with developers, architects and interior designers. I also spent time researching Richmond's current offerings and rich history in order to capture the unique energy of this iconic Melbourne suburb.





Back in 2008 I interviewed some awesome women for The Dawn Chorus


singer/songwriter CLARE BOWDITCH 




After completing a copywriting job for Koodoz Design (now August), they asked me to do a bit of pro bono work. The brief? To write a little ditty to accompany the agency's annual client Christmas gift. It sounded fun, so I got on board. 

The theme of the thank you gesture was summer barbecue, so I fashioned a festive limerick for the gift's swing tag. The barbecue set, including a custom apron, tongs and homemade relishes, was given to all of Koodoz's 2012 clients - lucky them! 


We’ve loved working with you throughout the year

But now it’s time for grilled snags and beer

So let’s barbecue

The summer through

With a jolly good dose of festive cheer


Photo credit: Koodoz Design