Published work

Your teenage reading will haunt you forever

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

Book News

My debut novel ‘The Night Village’ is to be published by Fremantle Press in 2021

Rachel Whiteread's Place (Village) at the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green Here's the current blurb: Simone has just delivered her first baby in an East London hospital with new boyfriend, Paul, by her side. Soon after bringing him home to Paul’s Barbican apartment, his cousin, Rachel, comes to stay. Simone is immediately wary of… Continue reading My debut novel ‘The Night Village’ is to be published by Fremantle Press in 2021

Published work

Cullen’s, a biodynamic winery in Margaret River, Western Australia

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

Published work

Book review: The Talking Cure

A meandering exploration of the inner world, ideally undertaken while reclining on a velvet couch, has fallen from favour in recent years, replaced by quick fixes such as cognitive behavioural therapy. But, as Professor Gillian Straker and Doctor Jacqui Winship argue in their co-authored book, The Talking Cure, more intensive forms of psychotherapy remain valuable.… Continue reading Book review: The Talking Cure

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Eagles Heritage Sanctuary in Margaret River

Birds of prey are the Australian version of lions and tigers and bears. Also known as raptors, they sit at the top of the food chain and act as caretakers for the environment, cleaning up carrion and keeping rabbits, feral cats and foxes under control. Decisively the strong but silent type, you rarely see them… Continue reading Eagles Heritage Sanctuary in Margaret River

Writing tricks

Australia Council grants for the unseasoned professional

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

Writing tricks

Writing workshop: using place names in your writing

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