ABOUT

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WRITING SHORT FICTION
from LIVERPOOL, UK
based MELBOURNE’S WEST, VICTORIA

I’m developing a collection of short stories exploring marginalised sexual identities. The project, Broken Rules, is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and by a 2016-17 PIP Fellowship at Varuna, the National Writers House.

I’m published in Australia and overseas. My work has been recognised in a number of literary awards and competitions, including the Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize, the inaugural City Of Melbourne Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards, the Bridport Prize, and The Age Short Story Awards. Publications include Tincture Journal, Dazed Magazine, The Bridport Prize Anthology, The Sleepers Almanac21D, Roomers, and Award Winning Australian Writing. My short story Interrupter was published by In Short Publishing Co., and is about to be dramatised on Vision Australia Radio’s weekly literary program Cover To Cover.

I’m a 2018 Ambassador for the Fundación César Egido Serrano and the Museo de la Palabra.

I’m a member of three professional literary organisations: Elwood Writers, Roomers, and the Varuna Alumni Association.

PRINT AND DIGITAL PUBLICATIONS:

Roomers #63, March 2018

Tincture Journal Issue Twenty (Tincture), 1 December 2017. Current and previous issues of Tincture Journal are available from the website or the Kobo and Google Play bookstores.

Contributor to PILOT 2018: A Diary for Writers (Pilot Press)

Roomers #62, Autumn/Winter 2017

Written contribution to Walking the Hills | Malcolm Ashman and Inger Karthum; an exhibition at Bath Contemporary (now Axle Arts), 7th – 29th October 2016

Overland 221, Summer 2015

Roomers #59, Spring/Summer 2015

Interrupter (In Short Publishing, Australia) 2015

Star Observer, October 2015

Spring/Summer 2014 issue of Dazed (London, UK), and online at Dazed Digital

Bridport Prize Anthology 2013 (Redcliffe Press Ltd, UK)

Award Winning Australian Writing 2010 (Melbourne Books, Australia)

Sleepers Almanac 6 (Sleepers Publishing, Australia)

21D – Street (21D, Australia)

21D Anthology I (21D, Australia; Smashwords)

21D Short 3 (21D, Australia; Smashwords)

Victorian Writer

Melbourne News

EVENTS:

2018 Ambassador for the Fundación César Egido Serrano and the Museo de la Palabra.

Co-facilitating a flash fiction workshop with Melissa Goode at this year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival. Flash! is on Saturday 28th April, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, at Varuna, the National Writers House, Katoomba, NSW.

Forthcoming 2018 alumni residency at Varuna, the National Writers House, Katoomba, NSW (23rd to 28th April).

The short story Interrupter will be dramatised on Vision Australia Radio’s Cover To Cover on 6th April 2018, repeated 8th April 2018 and subsequently available as a podcast

2018 – the January 26th edition of Cover To Cover on Vision Australia Radio featured the work of Elwood Writers in a Back To School program. The program was repeated and is available as podcast.

2017 alumni residency at Varuna, the National Writers House, Katoomba, NSW (9th to 16th October)

2016 to 2017 – Recipient of a Publisher Introduction Program Fellowship at Varuna, the National Writers House. The fellowship included a week’s residency at Varuna from 22nd to 29th August 2016.

2017 – Elwood Writers developed the material for the 2017 Father’s Day Cover To Cover program on Vision Australia Radio. The program was broadcast on Friday 1 September, and repeated on Sunday 3 September. The podcast is available here.

2016 – Elwood Writers provided the material for the 2016 Mother’s Day Cover To Cover program on Vision Australia Radio. The podcast is available here.

2016 – Featured in Star Weekly newspaper: ‘Tangled webs rewoven’ in January 13 print and online editions.

2015 – Winner, Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize (announced 6th November). ‘Their cruel routines’ was described by the judges as “exceptional and unnerving”. Read the full judges’ report here.

2015 – Finalist and Diploma Award winner in the IV Edition of the Museo de la Palabra Flash Fiction Competition (October)
There were 13 finalists from 35,609 stories entered from 149 countries. The first prize was $20,000

2015 – ‘Nothing’, ‘Pastel’, and ‘Henry’ read on Cover To Cover on Vision Australia Radio (16th and 20th August)

2015 – Commissioned by HERO Magazine, London, to write a themed short-story for issue 13 of the magazine

2015 – ‘The Hot Spell’ was read on Cover To Cover on Vision Australia Radio (11th and 15th January) in an hour-long program of material developed by the Elwood Writers. The program was repeated on 31st December as part of a Best Of Cover To Cover series.

2014 – ‘The first buyer’ was read on Cover To Cover on Vision Australia Radio (7th and 11th September)

2014 – Winner, Dazed Short Story Competition. Winning story published in Spring/Summer 2014 issue of Dazed, and online at Dazed Digital.

2013 – Prizewinner in the short story category of the Bridport Prize International Writing Competition“Mention the Bridport Prize and the eyes of writers everywhere light up. It’s not just the money – though that’s not to be sneezed at – it’s a prize really worth fighting for in terms of prestige and genuine literary accomplishment”  – Fay Weldon CBE, patron of the Bridport Prize

2013 – Shortlisted for the inaugural Writers Victoria Templeberg Residential Writing Fellowship, Sri Lanka

2011 – ‘Randy’ was read on The Fiction Room on Vision Australia Radio (7th August)

2011 – Invited to perform ‘Larry’s Way’ at the State Library of Victoria, as part of the Summer Reads event

2011 – Longlisted for The Big Issue Fiction Edition (Ed#388)

2010 – Highly Commended in The Age Short Story Competition

2009 – Winner of both the Short Story Award and the Lord Mayor’s Award in the inaugural Melbourne Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards. The Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards are an initiative to mark Melbourne’s status as a UNESCO City of Literature

2009 – Highly Commended in the Manchester Fiction Prize

2007 – Award-winner in the CAE Short Story Competition, Cut Short

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