I am a Melbourne writer of fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction. I am currently working on a novel based on my First Fleet Ancestor who was a single mother. The novel explores the mother-daughter relationship and what mothers do to ensure their child thrives.
Other works in progress are a story for young adults set in a city in extreme drought and a picture book that explores sharing and another about being responsible.
I have had writing published in Writers Victoria publication The Victorian Writer, the Hunters Writer Centre Grieve Anthologies, in Shaping the Fractured Self: poetry of chronic illness and pain (published by UWA Publishing) and other anthologies. I write to understand the world around me.
I also work as the Library, Communications and Marketing Manager in a Melbourne secondary school.
Read more about me here, see my awards and publications, or read the blog series I wrote while my mother was dying here. My blog posts are usually about writing, reading and musings from the heart, and sometimes about other things.
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A few years ago I shifted my thinking from trying to get some marks on the publishing board to aiming for more rejections. It was an important shift in thinking as it forced me to understand that this publishing world is one that is full of rejections with the occasional win. There must be something…
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