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 recently won a 2019 black&write Fellowship for my middle grade manuscript, Washpool. I have also won the 2017 David Unaipon Award for an Unpublished Indigenous Writer, the 2018 Varuna Eleanor Dark Flagship Fellowship and was a joint winner of the 2018 Copyright Agency Fellowships for First Nations Writers.
I have a Masters of Creative Writing, attended the 2014 Residential Editorial Program, and was a joint winner of the 2014 Anne Edgeworth Fellowship. 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.