Have you heard of This Jungian Life? It’s a brilliant podcast made by three Jungian psychotherapists, covering archetypes and dreams and creativity and life’s big and small questions. Last week’s episode was on goals, and one point that stood out for me was the cost of achieving your goals. Everything has a cost. Losing weight,… Continue reading What’s the cost of writing a novel?
Recently I listened to author Tara June Winch talk about her Miles Franklin Award winning nove, The Yield. Here are some notes from the evening.
My debut novel, The Night Village, will be published by Fremantle Press in Australia in 2021, with audiobook & large print versions by Ulverscroft. Here's the blurb: Simone has just delivered her first baby in an East London hospital with her new English boyfriend, Paul, by her side. With a precarious job, her family and… Continue reading My debut novel ‘The Night Village’ is to be published by Fremantle Press in 2021
It came as quite a shock to me that there are writers who dedicate a set amount of time every single week to writing applications for grants, residencies and funding. And I can see why – who doesn't want time and space and money to write? – so I was really happy to find out… Continue reading Australia Council grants for the unseasoned professional
When writing prose, it's easy to get stuck on the mechanics of the story – who is speaking? Was the baby asleep in the last scene? Could it really be dusk already? .... and the writing itself can sometimes feel secondary, just a means of getting your characters from A to B. So turning up… Continue reading Writing workshop: using place names in your writing
‘My dad says that being a Londoner has nothing to do with where you’re born. He says that there are people who get off a jumbo jet at Heathrow, go through Immigration waving any kind of passport, hop on the tube and by the time the train’s pulled into Piccadilly Circus they’ve become a Londoner.’… Continue reading Why leaving a place is good for your writing
The One Thing is a New York Times bestselling self-help book, written by Gary Keller. It came out in 2013 and the central idea – that you find and prioritise the One Thing you’re good at – is worth thinking about in 2020, when it’s so easy to despair at so much loss, yet crucial… Continue reading The One Thing
A couple of months ago I was blogger of the month for Margaret River Press, a local West Australian small publisher with a track record for publishing short stories in both single-authored collections and their annual anthology. On my final week I had an online chat with young Perth author Emily Paull, who published the… Continue reading In conversation with Emily Paull
Writers are always told to read as widely as they can. As a teenager, I devoured books, but thinking back to my endless free time and zippy neurons, I sometimes wish I’d drawn a line. At Flowers in the Attic, perhaps. Anyone who has conversed with a four-year-old will know that a child’s brain is like… Continue reading Your teenage reading will haunt you forever
Some good news from a while ago – two of my short stories, The Ibis Bedroom Tree and More River, were shortlisted for the 2020 Newcastle Short Story Award 2020, and are now published in their annual anthology. I recorded an excerpt from one of my stories, The Ibis Bedroom Tree, and you can listen… Continue reading Two of my short stories find a home
Tautes Heim on the UNESCO-listed Horseshoe Estate in Neukolln, Berlin One of the best ways to appreciate the impact of the Bauhaus School is to wander the streets of Berlin and see the work its members and their contemporaries left behind. Founded in Weimar in 1919 and ending in Berlin with the rise of National… Continue reading Berlin’s Bauhaus architecture
This is a story I wrote late last year but am posting today as I just saw that Vanya Cullen has won yet another award for Cullens Wines, the biodynamic, carbon neutral and organic winery her parents established down in Margaret River, Western Australia. I love writing about people's work, their approach, their success. It's… Continue reading Cullen’s, a biodynamic winery in Margaret River, Western Australia