Hanging Out With Writers

Hanging out with writers is the best. This weekend I went to the masquerade ball that served as the launch for Isobelle Carmody’s The Red Queen. Not only did I get to hang out with the biggest, most fancy and stellar bunch of dorks in the known universe, but I… Read More

Victorian Premiers Literary Awards

Every time something good happens with Orphancorp I feel, for a moment, like some baffled, daffy uncle, bumbling around all like, ‘who me? My book? Really?’ Not because I don’t realise the book is good. It is! It’s fun and precisely written and emotional and current and tense. It’s all those… Read More

Write Around The Murray & meeting my idols

This weekend I got to experience something I hope to do far more in the future: my first writer’s festival. Early in the morning on Friday I slammed it on the V-line up to Albury for the Write Around the Murray festival, where a small launch had been… Read More

Welcome to Orphancorp

Last June, while freaking out just before Clarion, wondering where all those stories I was supposed to write were gonna come from, I typed three words into my ideas file: Welcome To Orphancorp. The rest is history. Nah, the rest is a lot of work in cafes in… Read More

Viva La Novella – The Results

This Friday the results of Seizure’s Viva La Novella prize are announced at the Melbourne Writers Festival. You might remember my novella Welcome To Orphancorp is shortlisted for this prize, so if you’re in Melbourne, come along! You might get to see me win a thing! You might… Read More

The Walking Thing

I grew up in a small town. Mine hugged the ocean, but they can be anywhere. Small towns are like islands. The roads in and out, like life rafts. When you grow up in a small town and everyone knows everyone, it’s really hard to get away with anything.… Read More

Shit Gets Real

Who is this magnificent beast? What’s that she’s holding? That delicious jumble of black shapes up there is the first lot of words I’ve ever been able to swindle into print. How exciting! And I was in the right place at the right time (that is, in Melbourne and not… Read More

Hear Me Roar

Hey there, lovelies. Just a quick humblebrag to let you know that one of my Clarion application pieces, Clara’s, is coming out in Ticonderoga Publications Hear Me Roar Anthology. This collection is about kick-ass women doing kick-ass shit. Clara’s is a tale of adventure, escape and powdered eggs… Read More

Stuff by my friends: Inter-Exo by Julie Steinbacher

From our first frank conversation about the kind of women we were, I knew Julie and I would be friends. She’s a beautiful writer, and amazing person and I am so glad that we continue to be friends at such a distance. You’re the best, Julieface! Today, her… Read More