A temperamental itch to share my work conceived The Thought Canteen.

Staring out the window--at blue, unfettered sky--the name came as an epiphany. I spent the remainder of that History class undergoing adjacent revelations about what I wanted the site to be: content-wis, aesthetically. As is common with solo ventures that are deeply personal, I wasn't totally sure what I was doing, but I knew I had to do it.

The Thought Canteen is devoted to the perennially overstuffed and feasibly best part of my brain. A deep love of writing underpins it all. This site comprises things you might like to read on public transport, while eating a bagel, or in the middle of the night, snacking droopy-eyed on leftovers.  I want it to be a haven for creativity and expression; unfettered like the sky that incited it.  

(My name is Olivia Arcaro. I'm sixteen and based in Melbourne, Australia. My lucky number is 5, my favourite colour is this shade of green, and my ideal day is steadily warm with a long evening thunderstorm.)

Self portrait, 2017


[collaborations, inquiries & casual greetings all welcomed]

email : olivia@thethoughtcanteen.com

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Welcome! My name is Olivia Arcaro. I am sixteen years old and from Melbourne, Australia. 


My passion is writing. I created The Thought Canteen in October, 2017 to share my work. Here, you'll find heartfelt scrutiny of the thoughts and things that habitually circulate my headspace--that deeply interest, entertain or inspire me. I also enjoy dressing up, so there's some occasional look-book material on here in addition to all the words.

(The background of this site is pages from my personal notebook--certain scribblings may be slightly incriminating, but the photos on this ABOUT page likely aren't as entrancingly enigmatic as I thought, so it all ties in nicely).

If you'd like to know more about who the heck I am and what the heck I do, feel free to head over to the CONTACT page! 


*here for sentimental reasons.