A Cunning Blog

Long words. Short words. Words that say something.


Harriet Cunningham – aka harry at acunningplan dot com — is a freelance writer and researcher based in Sydney.  In print she is best known as one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s classical music critics. She has just been awarded a doctorate for her work on Dartington International Summer School.

Harriet writes for print and online publications including the Financial Review, Gramophone Online, Limelight Magazine, the Sun Herald, the Sydney Magazine, the Sydney Morning Herald and Qantas Inflight Magazine.  She has interviewed personalities ranging from Vladimir Ashkenazy, Nigel Kennedy and Zubin Mehta to Ita Buttrose and Paul Keating. The arts and, particularly, live performance, is her specialist subject but she writes about anything — higher education, engineering, marketing, you name it.

Aside from journalism, Harriet has worked with a range of clients developing brochure copy, web copy, direct mail, media releases, proposals and speeches – anything involving words. Clients past and present include the Adelaide Festival, the Australia Council, Kawai International, Maserati, MaxSam, NSW Ministry for the Arts, Opera Australia, Playbill Venues, SpiritWorks, Tim Woods Entertainment, Walrus Media and the Australian Music Centre, where she was marketing manager for five years.