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Newcastle Writers Festival sessions

I’ll be talking about Understory at several sessions at the Newcastle Writers Festival next month, as well as leading a masterclass at the University of Newcastle for creative writing students. I’m particularly excited about the session on Writing the Landscape … Continue reading

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EWF Sessions

I’m proud to be one of the Ambassadors for this year’s Emerging Writers Festival (EWF) in Melbourne, which starts today. It’s a great festival if you can get along, with lots of industry tips for aspiring and emerging writers. Weekend … Continue reading

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Understory events

I have a number of events coming up to celebrate the release of Understory on 30 May. It’s a chance to help launch Understory‘s passage into the world, hear a bit more about the writing of the book –  and have your … Continue reading

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Miles Franklin longlisting

WHERE THE TREES WERE has been longlisted for the 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award.  WTTW is a personal book for me, and as a lifelong student of Australian literature, I’m grateful that it has been recognised in this way.   Congratulations to all … Continue reading

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Re-release day

My three novels  – Mr Wigg, Nest and Where the Trees Were  – have just been re-released in a new format. A bit like a nice matching box set. And they’re reasonably priced, at $19.95. You can buy them at … Continue reading

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the end of the garden

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I’m chuffed to have my short story, “The End of the Garden” in Review of Australian Fiction 19:4. The story was inspired by Sarah Blasko’s album What the Sea Wants, the Sea Will Have, during a week on the far south … 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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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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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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