Relevant qualifications

PhD.                Creative Research Practice, University of New England, January 2016

Thesis Title: Creative Nonfiction: Alchemy at Work

MPhil.            Creative Writing, University of Queensland, February 2008

Thesis Title: The Waiting Game and Writing Creative Nonfiction: A Personal Journey


2016/17           Lyricist for Lullaby & Lament – A Song Cycle (collaboration with Christopher Purcell)

2015                Wild Boys: A Parent’s Story of Tough Love published by UQP

2014                Recorded Three Songs, Keystone Recording Studio, Armidale 


Awards, grants, residencies

KSP Fellowship, Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre, 2018

Artist-in-Residence, Bundanon Trust Program 2018

Writer-in-Residence, Booranga Writers’ Centre, Wagga Wagga, 2016

Writer-in-Residence, BackTrack Youth Works, 2013 (funded by Regional Arts NSW)

Artist-in-Residence, Bundanon Trust Program, 2013

Varuna Writing Retreat Fellowship, 2013

Artist-in-Residence, Bundanon Trust Program, 2012

HarperCollins Varuna Award for Manuscript Development with Anne Reilly, 2011

Finch Memoir Prize Shortlist, 2010

Australian Society of Authors Mentorship with Judith Lukin-Amundsen, 2010

Varuna Publisher Fellowship (Griffith REVIEW), 2009

Society of Editors (QLD) / CAL Editors & Writers Development Project, 2009

Varuna NSW LitLink Residency, 2009

Australian Society of Authors Mentorship with Judith Lukin-Amundsen, 2009

Varuna NSW LitLink Residency, 2008

Australian Postgraduate Award, 2007

Marian Eldridge Award for Aspiring Women Writers (commended), 2007


Other publications

‘A Daughter’s Dream’, fourW Twenty Seven, November, 2016, p. 105.

‘The Black Hat’, fourW Twenty Three, November, 2012, pp. 143-148.

‘What’s Updog?’, Verity La, July, 2011.

‘Joining the pack’, Griffith REVIEW, Issue 28, Autumn 2010, pp. 246-250.

‘Rubbing’, fourW Twenty, November, 2009, pp. 114-117.

‘The SMS Queen of Bali’, Hecate, 34.2, 2008, pp. 100-108.

‘Broken Glass’, Westerly, Issue 53, November 2008, pp. 146-151.

‘Where Are We Goin’ With This Shit?’, Re-Placement Anthology, Australian

Association of Writing Programs, SCU Press, November 2008, pp. 132-141.

‘We Only Fear What We Don’t Know’, ISLAND Magazine, Issue 114, Spring 2008, pp. 16-


‘Wedding Coat’, ISLAND Magazine, Issue 113, Winter 2008, pp. 102-108.

‘Lord of the ring made a name in pies’, Timelines obituary for Tony Pastor, The

Sydney Morning Herald, June 30, 2008, p.14.

‘Lady Godiva’, Idiom 23, Vol. 19, December 2007, pp. 25-26.

‘The Flood’, Hecate 33.2, November 2007, pp. 76-80.

‘Yahtzee and the Art of Happiness’, Griffith REVIEW, Issue 17, Autumn 2007,

  1. 183-193.

‘The Flour Shed’, Hecate 33.1, May 2007, pp. 171-173.


Media for Wild Boys: A Parent’s Story of Tough Love (July / August 2015)

Radio: Radio National (Life Matters and Nightlife), Radio New Zealand, ABC Radio New England, ABC Regional WA Drive, ABC Brisbane Mornings, 2GB, Talk Network Queensland, 2AD Armidale, 2RE Taree, Geelong 94.7FM and Radio Adelaide.

Print: The Armidale Express, Northern Daily Leader, that’s life, The Sun Herald.

See media links.


Festival appearances:

Brisbane Writers’ Festival, Write Around the Murray, Whitsunday Writers Festival, Crush Festival Bundaberg


Professional Memberships

NSW Writers’ Centre, Varuna Alumni, New England Writers’ Centre






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