(TWENTY-FIVE) the body has memory

‘The body has memory. The physical carriage hauls more than its weight. The body is the threshold across which each objectionable call passes into consciousness.’ Claudia Rankine, Citizen. this is how days are spent. the briefest moments of hope. punctured by despair. can you despair at nothingness? can nothingness be a sign of despair? how …

(TWENTY-FOUR) the chaos and the calm

you’re the kind of person who makes people lonely. you dream of five cats entering the house and watching you. you know it’s over when the cats have come. your mother’s psychic said this would happen. but you’ve only ever believed in magic. you wonder if you should tell someone about this feeling that won’t …

New Writing in The Lifted Brow #30

I’m really excited to have a new pice of non-fiction, ‘The Art Of Breaking’ in the latest (#30) issue of The Lifted Brow. Not only is it the Brow’s 30th issue, a great thing in itself, it’s also all-round, a pretty special issue. Have you seen the awesome wrap-around artwork? There is so much goodness to find …

TWENTY-THREE (Street Stories)

This is a tiny extract from my current work in progress.     Sometimes the only way to remember the early years is to trace the memories back to the streets they emerged from. There were so many houses early on, so many schools, so many new beginnings. Can a beginning be thought of as …

In Summary: 2015 Publications

Looking back, 2015 was a good year for writing, publications wise. I got writing published in many journals I had been aiming to publish in, and a few others which were wonderful, unexpected surprises. I’m hoping for more publications this year, while knowing that I should be channeling most of that energy into the writing …

Happy Mondays

The lovely people at Arts Queensland recently asked me to do a guest-post for their blog series Happy Mondays. I talk about what I’m working on at the moment, one of my favourite books set in Australia and a cultural experience not to be missed. The post is now live and you can check it …

TWELVE (Howl)

Today’s post is up on the lovely and talented Nike Sulway’s blog Perilous Adventures. Tomorrow I’ll be posting a guest-blog by Nike and telling you a little more about how awesome and talented she is. Nike has generously agreed to having me write a guest-post on her blog, you can read it right here and …

Eat Your Words Festival & AMP Tomorrow Maker Grant

This Sunday I will be giving a free talk about my experiences as a debut author and how I went from finishing a creative writing degree to getting my first novel published. I’ll also be doing a short reading and be giving some tips about making the journey from unpublished to published writer. You can …

ONE (angels in the outfield)

Following in the footsteps of the lovely and immensely talented Nike Sulway,  I will be regularly posting 300 word snippets of memoir in order to push myself along with the writing of my next project which is a collection of short memoir. — I was sheltered from death from a young age. When I was …

Post QPF and Brisbane Writers Festival 2014

Over the weekend I attended the Queensland Poetry Festival held at The Judith Wright Centre in Fortitude Valley. As always, the festival was a wonderful, diverse occassion. This year, QPF mixed things up a bit and included some panel talks and in-conversations with visiting poets. This worked well to complement the wide array of readings by local …