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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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…
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