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Why leaving a place is good for 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

Book News

The One Thing

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

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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

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Two of my short stories find a home

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

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

My debut novel, The Night Village, will be published by Fremantle Press in Australia in 2021. 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… Continue reading My debut novel ‘The Night Village’ is to be published by Fremantle Press in 2021

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Berlin’s Bauhaus architecture

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

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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

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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