I am thrilled to announce that I will be appearing at the Emerging Writers Festival in Melbourne this year. On June 22nd you can see me on the Caring and Creative Practice Panel at the National Writers’ Conference. Hopefully, a practical session for writing parents - let's share the journey and the hacks that make... Continue Reading →
I must confess I always feel a bit jaded about film awards as successful actors, for the most part, already receive huge financial and emotional rewards for their work. But book awards? Faceless science fiction and fantasy authors who usually need a second job to make ends meet? These are awards worth celebrating! Congratulations to... Continue Reading →
A fox killed the chicken yesterday. Probably for brunch. When I finally had a moment alone in the shower, after a harrowing morning of work emails, school lunches, negotiating a truce in the war between our dogs, and hanging washing out before the onset of rain, nature’s furry assassin crept into our garden. It tore... Continue Reading →
As a teenager, when I knew all the world was against me, I’d retreat to amazing stories of distant lands. Books by Madeline L’Engel, Sheri S Tepper and Julian May, went well beyond space battles and witches spells. These women crafted stories that entertained while asking what if and cautioning against what could be. Recently... Continue Reading →
I was happy to contribute a video for the launch of Anne Goodwin's latest short story anthology Becoming Someone . Interesting topic. Who are you?
Did you meet your target for National Novel Writing Month ( NanoWrimo ) in November? 50,000 words is the goal. Some of my friends did 60,000 even 80,000 - in one month! So how did you do? Well, I've got a confession to make. I'm a Nanowrimo dud. I only wrote the same amount I usually... Continue Reading →
Three faces. Well, two faces and something that was presumably a face but definitely non-human and looking more like a rotting ham with electrodes attached, glared at Gus. Apparently, they were the only guests prepared to share in the special feast. Their table was simple and round – laid out in old earth fashion –... Continue Reading →
‘HELLO ESME, LOVELY day isn’t it? How about a bite to eat?’ Oskar Black asked hopefully. He had rehearsed his request with his assistant for five full minutes and had two fingers discretely crossed behind his back. A tiny sweat bead threatened to roll down his forehead but resisted wiping his brow. It would be... Continue Reading →