TWENTY-TWO (Yesterday)

There was a time there all those years ago, in that old house, that old suburb, there was a time there when I saw you in everything. Wherever I went, wherever I looked, there you were. They say, after a person dies, it’s not uncommon to still see them, in places you might have once …

New Poem in Tincture Journal Issue 13

The lovely folk at Tincture Journal have once again published a piece of my writing. My poem ‘field officer no. 302’ appears in Issue 13 alongside many other wonderful pieces of writing. If you haven’t read Tincture Journal yet then this is a great issue to start with. There is a diverse range of quality content …

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 …

Queensland Literary Awards Shortlist

Last Friday the shortlists for the 2015 Queensland Literary Awards were announced and there are some exciting names among the mix. I’m thrilled to have been included on the shortlist for the Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Award. Upon seeing the shortlist for the first time I felt a mix of honour and terror. …

Sisters In Crime 15th Davitt Awards Shortlist

I’m a little late in posting this news, but the shortlist for the Sisters in Crime 15th Davitt Awards was announced a couple of weeks ago. I’m super proud to say that my verse-novel Gap has been shortlisted for Best Debut. There are some wonderful books on this shortlist and across the other categories, and I would urge …

NINETEEN (The Live Album)

This is a short excerpt from a piece of memoir that I’m currently working on. — The four of us pile into the car and it could be any other day, we could be going anywhere, perhaps to the local shops to pick up groceries, or a little further, to the Westfield. We leave fifteen …

Sisters In Crime 15th Davitt Awards

Just last week, the long list for the Sisters in Crime 15th Davitt Awards was announced. I’m very pleased to announce that my verse novel Gap has made the long list for Best Debut Book. Sisters in Crime Australia has been around since 1991 and is an organisation dedicated to celebrating and promoting women’s crime writing. The Davitt …

News: Guest-blog, New poem & the AMP Tomorrow Fund

I’ve been a busy bee lately, writing guest-blogs and poems, so I thought I would take the chance to talk about it all in one post. A little while ago the lovely Aussie author Jenn J McLeod got in touch with me after reading my article in WQ magazine. Jenn asked if I would like to …

Overcoming Second Novel Syndrome in WQ

I’m pleased to say that I have an article in the latest quarterly issue of Queensland Writers Centre magazine WQ. The article talks about dealing with and overcoming ‘Second Novel Syndrome’. If you are a QWC member you can access the article in the latest issue here. Check out the rest of the issue while you’re at …