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.
My suburb is going into lockdown tonight for the second time. I had just begun to enjoy being out in the world again (cautiously), albeit without hugs and kisses with friends. While I don’t feel the same level of anxiety mixed with relief this time, I am feeling like this thing may keep happening and that we will never really get on top of it.
I don’t need to tell anyone that this year has been too much. When this year began, I thought that the biggest things that I would be having to deal with were coping without two of my three sons moving out of home (and yes, they have been coping fine and it seems that I…
My oldest two are moving out of the family home within three weeks of each other to pursue their studies out in the country. I’m very excited for them as they embark on the next part of their lives. But there is a part of me worries about whether I have taught them everything they…