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’ at the University of Canberra, where I also teach creative writing. I've been in Canberra since 2006, where I've discovered I hate the cold, but I love all things autumn. I also work as a freelance writer, editor and publishing consultant. I have won:
a 2019 black&write Fellowship for my middle grade manuscript, Washpool
the 2018 Varuna Eleanor Dark Flagship Fellowship, and
was a joint winner of the 2018 Copyright Agency Fellowships for First Nations Writers.
My debut novel, Ghost Bird, came out in October 2019. It emerged from the Masters of Creative Writing, and has had a crazy, exciting journey of it's own. Pop over to its page if you want to read more, or hear my read the first few chapters.
I have previously published poetry and short fiction in Etchings Indigenous: Treaty (2011), By Close of Business (2013), and Too Deadly: our voice, our way, our business (2017). You can read more of my work in:
Kill Your Darlings, 'Why Culturally Aware Reviews Matter'
Sydney Review of Books Writers, 'Fight or Flight'
Feminartsy, '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, the Australian Society of Authors and the Canberra Society of Editors.
I tend to play and experiment a lot, which means I sometimes find myself in weird and unexpected spaces.
I have a large extend family, including a huge number of nieces and nephews whom I adore. They inspire me every day. I live in a renovator's delight with my eternally patient partner, and our nutty staffy, Luna, who likes to stick her big head under my arm while I work.