2016 Ph.D., Creative Research Practice (Creative Nonfiction), University of New England. Thesis Title: Creative Nonfiction: Alchemy at Work. This work contains my memoir, ‘Iron Men: alchemy at work’ (later published as Wild Boys)and the exegesis, ‘The transformative possibilities of creative nonfiction and immersion research.’
2008 M.Phil., Creative Writing (Creative Nonfiction), University of Queensland. Thesis Title: The Waiting Game and Writing Creative Nonfiction: A Personal Journey.
2015 Wild Boys: A Parent’s Story of Tough Love, University of Queensland Press
AWARDS, GRANTS & RESIDENCIES
2021 An Artist Residency in Motherhood, At-home residency: write a page a day x 21 days.
2021 Residency: Bush Retreats for Eco-Writers (BREW), ‘Blue Bucket’, Young, NSW.
2021 Orana Arts & the CORRIDOR project: inScribe Residency & Mentorship Program with Roanna Gonsalves.
2020 Varuna/New England Writers’ Centre Fellowship: to develop ‘One Fork, One Knife, One Life’.
2020 Regional Arts Fund/RAF Relief Grant: for ‘Stories in Song’ (to record & promote the work of a regional songwriting duo).
2020 Create NSW Small Projects Grant: for ‘One Fork, One Knife, One Life’.
2020 Arts North West Micro Grant: for ‘Stories in Song’ (to buy portable recording equipment for my songwriting collaboration with composer Christopher Purcell).
2020 Gunyah Artists-in-Residence Program: a collaborative residency with visual artist, Isabelle Devos.
2018 KSP Fellowship, Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre: to develop ‘One Fork, One Knife, One Life’.
2018 Artist-in-Residence, Bundanon Trust Program: to update ‘Yahtzee and the Art of Happiness’.
2016 Writer-in-Residence, Booranga Writers’ Centre, Wagga Wagga.
2013 Writer-in-Residence, BackTrack Youth Works (funded by Regional Arts NSW).
2013 Artist-in-Residence, Bundanon Trust Program: to develop ‘The Bakery Stories’, a collection of short fiction.
2013 Varuna Writing Retreat Fellowship: to develop ‘The Bakery Stories’.
2012 Artist-in-Residence, Bundanon Trust Program: to develop ‘Wild Boys’.
2011 HarperCollins Varuna Award for Manuscript Development, to work with Senior Editor Anne Reilly on ‘Wild Boys’.
2010 Finch Memoir Prize Shortlist: ‘Yahtzee and the Art of Happiness’.
2010 Australian Society of Authors Mentorship, to work Judith Lukin-Amundsen on ‘Wild Boys’.
2009 Varuna Publisher Fellowship (Griffith REVIEW): this led to the publication of my essay ‘Joining the pack’.
2009 Society of Editors (QLD) / CAL Editors & Writers Development Project: to develop ‘Yahtzee and the Art of Happiness’.
2009 Varuna NSW LitLink Residency: to develop ‘Wild Boys’.
2009 Australian Society of Authors Mentorship, to work with Judith Lukin-Amundsen on ‘Yahtzee and the Art of Happiness’.
2008 Varuna NSW LitLink Residency: to develop ‘Wild Boys’.
2007 Australian Postgraduate Award: for my PhD in Creative Research Practice (Creative Nonfiction Writing) at the University of New England, Armidale.
My creative nonfiction essays, short fiction and poems have appeared in the Artstate Tamworth Exhibition Catalogue, Skywriters Anthology, fourW, Verity La, Griffith REVIEW, Hecate, Westerly, TheAustralian Association of Writing ProgramsRe-Placement Anthology, ISLAND Magazine, and Idiom 23.