Tag Archives: Nest

Beautiful Sentences

“She wasn’t doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together” ~ J.D Salinger. On Saturday 1 June I’ll be teaching a workshop on writing beautiful sentences at the NSW … 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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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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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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Nest longlisted for the Stella Prize

Nest has been longlisted for the 2015 Stella Prize. It’s among fine company, including Helen Garner’s This House of Grief, Maxine Beneba Clark’s Foreign Soil and Ellen Van Neerven’s Heat and Light.

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19-22 Feb – Perth Writers Festival

I’ll be taking part in the lovely Perth Writers Festival this year. It looks like a great line up, including Maxine Beneba Clarke, Brooke Davis, Kristina Olsson, and Ellen van Neerven. I’m looking forward to Bob Brown’s opening talk  and Elizabeth Gilbert’s … Continue reading

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Developing Your Novel masterclass @BWF14

I’ll be teaching a masterclass about how to develop your novel from zero draft to masterpiece at this year’s Brisbane Writer’s Festival. We’ll be looking at a mix of practical techniques for structuring and mapping your story as well as some more playful … Continue reading

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BBWF: Nature Writing Workshop

I’m heading south for the Byron Way Writers Festival at the end of this month, hoping for the blissful Byron weather that the tent festival nearly always manages to delivers up. I’m looking forward to seeing Jeanette Winterson’s Keynote address on the … Continue reading

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