Desert Writing: Stories From Country

I’m thrilled to bits to have my personal essay, Lost Girl of the Never Never, included in Desert Writing: Stories From Country, out this month…

Dreaming Stories to Life

Imagination isn’t something we lose. It’s who we are. It is our ideas, our stories, our hopes, and our dreams. What a thrill it was…

Varuna: a writing residency dream come true

Two weeks ago I rolled up the petal-strewn driveway of Varuna, the National Writers’ House with my breath held, 20kgs of research books occupying most of my…

Where troubles melt like lemon drops

Just a little over 10 sleeps (and half the world) to go before my taxi crunches up the driveway of Varuna the Writers’ House where a dream…

Daydream or Perish in Good Reading Magazine

I’m thrilled to be able to share the wonder of my first writing retreat experience with readers of Good Reading magazine in their Writer’s Life section, published…

Counting down to Varuna

In a few months I’ll be making a writing pilgrimage I’ve been dreaming about since I was 18 to stay, wander, daydream, and write at Varuna…

Might be rainbows

ON THE SOUTH-WEST boundary of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, in the centre of Australia, an unmarked red-dirt track turns left off the Lasseter Highway. For…

The inheritance of dreams

When she was thirteen, Joan Mary stopped going to school. Her father, an Australian lighthorse solider in WWI, had died of toxaemia when she was…

Griffith REVIEW 2015 Award

Last Friday I received a phone call from Griffith Review: I am a winner of their 2015 Contributor Circle Awards, which includes a funded week-long…

PRESS: 100 LOVE LETTERS

I am thrilled to have my fiction, Kahuku, included in this lush and beautiful publication, due out August 2015 for distribution at the Melbourne Writers…