Category: Writing

  • On writing and persistence

    In 2017, my manuscript was one of five shortlisted for the Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award. None of the writers on the list had a book published at the time. Here’s an excerpt from the announcement: I started the creative non-fiction manuscript that became Full of Donkey in 2010. I had my first essay, […]

  • Five more great reads for your TBR pile

    Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid I loved this debut novel from US author Kiley Reid. Her writing explores race and class in America in an engaging, distinctive voice. The protagonist, Emira, and the young girl she babysits, are the kind of endearing, vibrant characters that have stayed with me. You can hear me discuss […]

  • An onlooker at the Carnival of Snackery

    ‘When is the last time an actual human interaction made you laugh more thana meme did?’ – Samantha Irby If I hadn’t been immersed in the Sedarian worldview, I probably wouldn’t have made the offhand joke about ghosts to the ferry attendant. I definitely wouldn’t have caught that his intention, when he asked me about […]

  • Ep 60 How to write a prize-winning novel with James McKenzie Watson, author of Denizen

    When he was 22 years old, James McKenzie Watson began to experience the first symptoms of what doctors suspected was Guillain–Barré syndrome. To test for this, they gave him a spinal tap (not the rock and roll kind). After the procedure he had to lie on his back for two hours. In that time, he […]

  • Join me for these upcoming events!

    I’ve been raving about the award-winning novel Denzien, written by my podcast co-host and friend James McKenzie Watson, and now I get to launch his book! This event is going to be one of my highlights of the year, so if you’re in Sydney, please join us! Launch of Denizen by James McKenzie WatsonThursday 28 […]

  • Ep 58 When your body betrays you with author Rae Cairns

    After a broken finger brought on a debilitating illness, author Rae Cairns lost two years as her doctors searched for the right treatment. A bad reaction to drugs caused her hair to fall out. When her health had stabilised enough for her to return to writing, she lost her literary agent. Undeterred, Rae self-published her […]

  • 87 words to cut from your writing

    For four of the past six weeks, I’ve been on writing retreat, first as an artist-in-residence at Bundanon in rural NSW, and then as a fellowship recipient at KSP Writers’ Centre in Perth, WA. I love writing retreats because they allow me to focus on my current project to the exclusion of almost everything else, […]

  • Ep 57 Experimenting with form and place with author Yumna Kassab

    In her exploration of life in rural Australian, author Yumna Kassab draws on horror, crime and gothic inspiration to craft a thematically linked experiment in form and style. Yumna Kassab is a writer from Western Sydney. She studied medical science and neuroscience at university. Her first book, The House of Youssef, was listed for prizes […]

  • Ep 56 How to survive a stalker with Ellis Gunn, author of Rattled

    ‘If he wants to follow me, I can’t stop him.’ After a random encounter with poet and author Ellis Gunn at an auction, a stranger decides to stalk her. Years later, she sits down to write about the experience – and realises it’s connected to a lifetime of gendered abuse, including surviving both sexual assault […]