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Chasing rainbows

I’ve wasted a lot of time chasing rainbows. Turns out, they come to you. I drive up to Baroon Pocket Dam, on the Blackall Range, with the modest hope of a bushwalk and a few photo opportunities. I park in the picnic area, and before I even get … Continue reading

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Little fish

I have never read a book that has articulated better exactly what riding a bicycle down Northbourne Avenue in the heart of winter feels like: of anybody, you all here tonight should appreciate how rarely Canberran experiences are reflected in the Australian literary imagination. We got one! This book accurately describes the public service as part of an interesting queer feminist plot. And among all that flotsam, Where the Trees Were sustains a universal story: one of realising things as we grow up into teenagers, and carrying those realisations into adult responsibilities. Continue reading

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Kangaroo Island & Birds of Extinction

I recently met the lovely and talented Brisbane-based artist, Emma Lindsay through fellow PhD student and birdwoman, Melissa Ashley (whose forthcoming novel, The Birdman’s Wife, about Elizabeth Gould, is a must read). I stumbled across Emma’s work while writing my novel, Nest, and … Continue reading

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Lifted

      for those double rainbow days In the mornings, the sun caught the coloured panes in a splintering rainbow while she played. Each note found a corresponding shade, dancing and darting up the pillars and away into the day. On … Continue reading

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Vote 1 for NEST – Courier Mail People’s Choice Award

A lovely surprise: Nest has been included in the shortlist for this year’s Courier Mail People’s Choice Book of the Year award. The winner is decided by readers, not judges and panels. If you’d like to vote for Nest (you don’t … Continue reading

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Shallow Crossing

The flash and gleam of light, the plop and bubble of others, below – the constant play of a world within a world that knows its own secret. Continue reading

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Nature writing @ Woodfordia

So, what is nature writing anyway? It’s a question I’m often asked and one I’ll be answering this  long weekend at The Planting, the funky festival at Woodfordia. The Planting began as a project to regenerate the site of the Woodford Folk festival in … Continue reading

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Nest longlisted for the Miles Franklin

                I’m very proud to announce that Nest has been longlisted for this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award. As a long time student of Australian literature, it means a great deal. It’s a … Continue reading

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5 May – Environmental Writing Workshop

As part of Olvar Wood’s inaugural nature writing retreat at The Escape, near Bateman’s Bay, I’m leading a workshop on the art and business of nature and environmental writing. It is ideal for those new to nature writing as well as professional writers working in … Continue reading

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Nests taking over Townsville

The good people of Townsville have chosen Nest as this year’s One Title One Townsville book. It’s a massive bookclub event run by the Townsville Library. The city’s bookish folk will all read Nest and discuss, tweet, Fbook etc about it. Then, at 6.30pm on Friday 22nd of May, I’ll … Continue reading

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