Writer, Reader, Winter Swimmer
Also see my Obituary Writing Website at www.livelifetwice.com
I was born in Sydney on the same day as my sister, eight years apart.
I’ve been a university tutor, co-owned bookshops and cafes (Sappho Books and Gertrude & Alice Cafe Bookstore),
and have a Bachelor of Communications (Hons) and a Doctorate (DCA), from the University
of Technology, Sydney.
In 2009 I was diagnosed with melanoma, with my sister dying of the same cancer the
following year to the month. This has strengthened my resolve to live each moment fully.
My first novel, THE GLASS HEART (HarperCollins, Aust/NZ, 2000), was also published in Greece by
Govostis Press. I travelled numerous times to Armenia, Turkey, Lebanon and Syria to
research my next novel, BONE ASH SKY (Hardie Grant, 2013, Aust/NZ/UK, Govostis, 2016) which I began with
the aid of an Australia Council grant and residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in
Ireland. A previous version of BONE ASH SKY was shortlisted for the ‘Writing Australia’
Unpublished Manuscript Award. My novella INTIMATE DISTANCE (Text, 2012) was one of the
winners of the Griffith Review/CAL Novella Prize.
I’ve written prize-winning short stories, featured in poetry and prose anthologies and my journalism has been published in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian,
SBS Life, Daily Life, The Huffington Post, The Big Issue, whimn, 10 Daily, Kidspot,
Dumbo Feather and Australian Author. My work has been translated into many languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Italian.
I write obituaries and have been co-judging the Mark and Evette Moran Nib Award since 2014., as well as the Australia reMADE Poetry Competition in 2019.
I’m working on a novella, ZORBA THE BUDDHA, based on Osho/Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh’s time in Crete, and on a true crime story set in Melbourne in the early 60s.
I live in Queensland’s Noosa hinterland, on acreage surrounded by National Park, lakes, rivers and my beloved ocean.
When I write my only concern is accuracy. I try to write accurately from the poise of mind which lets us see that things are exactly what they seem. I never worry about beauty, if it's accurate there's always beauty. I never worry about form, if it is accurate there's always form.
Ring of Bone