Category Archives: Books

Castlemaine State Festival

Later this month I’ll be participating the Castlemaine State Festival (22-31 March), a stunning bi-annual arts festival, which this year is focussing on sustainability, nature and rural living. I’ll be teaching a nature writing workshop on Friday 29 March. You … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Protected: In the Wake of the Raftsmen

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