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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. I've lived on Ngunnawal and Ngambri Country (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 number of awards, including:

  • a 2021 Varuna First Nations Fellowship

  • a 2019 black&write Fellowship 

  • the 2018 Varuna Eleanor Dark Flagship Fellowship, and

  • the 2017 David Unaipon Award

 

My debut novel, Ghost Bird, was published by UQP in Australia 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. It was also recently published in the UK by Old Barn Books in October 2021.

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 niblings whom I adore. They inspire me every day. I live in a renovator's delight with my eternally patient partner, and our goofy staffy, Luna, who likes to stick her big head under my arm while I work.