A Bit More About Me
Storyteller at Heart
I am a Wuilli Wuilli woman from Eidsvold, Queensland, also descended from Wakka Wakka and Gooreng Gooreng nations. I am currently doing my PhD: ‘Stepping lightly: one Murri researcher/creator, her community and the academy’. I have won:
the 2020 Queensland Literary Awards, Griffith University Young Adult Book Award
the 2020 Norma K Hemming Award, long form category, joint winner
the Readings Young Adult Book Prize 2020 for my debut novel, Ghost Bird
a 2019 black&write Fellowship for my middle grade manuscript, Washpool
the 2017 David Unaipon Award for an Unpublished Indigenous Writer
the 2018 Varuna Eleanor Dark Flagship Fellowship, and
was a joint winner of the 2018 Copyright Agency Fellowships for First Nations Writers.
You can read about my writing struggles on the Sydney Review of Books Writers at Work series, Fight or Flight. I have a Masters of Creative Writing, attended the 2014 Residential Editorial Program, and was a joint winner of the 2014 Anne Edgeworth Fellowship. Both of which helped me do work that would become Ghost Bird. I have previously published poetry and short fiction in Etchings Indigenous: Treaty (2011), By Close of Business (Us Mob Writing 2013), VerityLa’s Ochre Lines (2017) and Too Deadly: our voice, our way, our business (2017). I also came second in the Feminartsy Memoir Award 2018 for my piece, Story ends, is, begins.
I worked for seven years as a public servant, another seven years in publishing, and I still do some freelance editing/proofreading and consultant work. I am passionate about culturally appropriate writing and publishing. I am a member of Us Mob Writing, the First Nations Australia Writers Network, the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild, the ACT Writers Centre and the Canberra Society of Editors.
I have a large extend family, including a huge number of nieces and nephews whom I love and adore. They inspire me every day. And I'm usually being harassed by a needy amstaffxpitbull named Luna.