Upcoming Events

The 2018 Brisbane Writers Festival program has been announced and I am excited to appear with Kali Napier as we discuss family secrets, shame and betrayal. Look for our panel on Sunday afternoon. I also have the honour of launching Donna Cameron’s debut novel Beneath the Mother Tree at Avid Reader this month, as well as being in conversation with Sally Piper about her latest book The Geography of Friendship. Why not gather together your book club members and make a night of it to either event? (or both!) And for writers, I will present a workshop on Creating Characters at Bracken Ridge Library in October. Lots coming up! Get involved! All welcome.

Fantastic Penola Festival

Thanks to everyone in Penola who warmly welcomed me to the Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival during the last weekend in May. Journalist Katie Spain led a great literary in-conversation at Hollick Estates, and I joined two other judges for the Catherine Martin Youth Literary Awards – we read some talented young writers. This festival is absolutely a must-do if you are in South Australia – the tiny community belies a big heart and a wealth of artists and musicians of all kinds.

South Australia, here I come!

So thrilled to be the guest of this year’s Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival in South Australia, from 17 – 20 May, 2018, one of Australia’s most distinguished regional arts festivals, featuring visual art, music, food, wine and of course – LITERATURE. read more…

Holiday greetings and Australia Council news

Christmas and holiday greetings to all readers and writers across the globe! May the coming year be filled with peace, love and wonderful words.

I’m very excited to announce that I have been fortunate enough to be awarded an Australia Council grant towards my next novel. I’m thrilled at AusCo’s faith in my writing and my project, and very much looking forward to completing and polishing this work in progress. Grants are an invaluable addition to the practical life of a writer.

Parting Words: What are people talking about?

It’s that time of year when I’m privileged to participate in many bookshop events and book club discussions, this time of Parting Words. This is my favourite part of being a writer: connecting with readers, and listening to their thoughts and analysis of the characters and plot in my stories. Parting Words is generating a lot of contemplation around letters, legacies, loss, regrets, intergenerational trauma, ageing and the relationships between generations, the importance of speaking your mind, and the thorny topics of betrayal and forgiveness. I get so much insight out of other people’s interpretations of the story, and sometimes questions and comments surprise me! SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: An extract of Parting Words is available FREE on all Virgin Australia flights in the month of December!

Meet the author

Plenty of upcoming opportunities to say hello and ask questions about Parting Words. Please check the Events Calendar on the left. I will visit several BCC Libraries around Brisbane, there’s an open bookclub at Avid Reader, and I’ll be reading at some events. My first Melbourne gig is planned at Eltham Bookshop on Wednesday, 25 October, when I will be in conversation with the fabulous Toni Jordan – don’t miss it!

Melbourne gig!

Thanks to everyone who attended Riverbend Books and especially Ben Hobson who hosted a thoughtful conversation about Parting Words. Lots more upcoming Brisbane events- check the calendar. And look out for details of an event in Melbourne in October!

Sold-Out Launch

The launch of Parting Words at Avid Reader Bookstore was a SOLD-OUT SUCCESS – thanks to everyone for making it such a great night. Special thanks to author Sally Piper for her insightful and thoughtful speech. If you couldn’t make this event, please come along to my in-conversation evening with author Ben Hobson at Riverbend Books in Bulimba on 21 September (details on Events Calendar / book through Riverbend).

Parting Words – official launch

Please join me to celebrate my second novel, Parting Words, launched by author Sally Piper at Avid Reader Bookstore, West End at  6pm on Friday, 1 September, and also at an in-conversation event with author Ben Hobson at Riverbend Books, Bulimba on Thursday, 21 September. Please see Events Calendar to book. All welcome. Thanks to University of Queensland Press.

It’s Official! Parting Words Release Date: 28 August 2017

I’m thrilled to announce that my second novel, Parting Words, will be released by my wonderful publisher UQP on 28 August. So excited to continue working with UQP, particularly publisher extraordinaire Madonna Duffy, and my fantastic editor, Ian See. Thanks to both for their confidence in me and my work, and their unwavering support and encouragement.

2017 International Dublin Literary Award

I am absolutely delighted that The Promise Seed was longlisted for this international award, along with nine other amazing Australian authors. The award recognises 147 books from 109 cities in 40 countries, written in 19 languages. There are 6 judges and 1 winner … all adding up to a world of readers.

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