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New Year news

I was thrilled to hear this week that the development of my second collection of fiction, Afterdark, has the backing of the Sustaining Creative Workers program. Sustaining Creative Workers Initiative is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and Regional Arts Victoria. The program is being delivered by Regional Arts Victoria and administered by an industry advisory group comprising Creative Victoria, Arts Access Victoria, Multicultural Arts Victoria, Music Victoria, NETS Victoria, Regional Arts Victoria, Theatre Network Australia and Writers Victoria. Creative Victoria website This is great news to end 2021 and see in 2022. I’ll look forward to sharing more … Continue reading New Year news

American Writers Review 2022 is here!

My contributor copy of the latest American Writers Review arrived yesterday. San Fedele Press has done it again, and produced a beautiful piece of art – a treasure trove of writing and images. I can’t wait to delve in. To find out how you can lay your hands on a copy of this terrific literary journal, visit the link below:American Writers Review Happy reading and writing, as always. Continue reading American Writers Review 2022 is here!

Masculinity; Writing The Family | ASSF 2021

I participated in two sessions at last year’s Australian Short Story Festival:Masculinity with Wayne Marshall, Barry Lee Thompson and Dominic Carew, on Saturday 6 November 2021.Writing The Family with Barry Lee Thompson and Katherine Tamiko Arguile, on Sunday 7 November 2021. Videos of the sessions are available for a limited time, below: For all the ASSF 2021 videos, visit their YouTube channel, here. Continue reading Masculinity; Writing The Family | ASSF 2021

The story behind ‘Twitch’

In December 2013, London’s Dazed magazine launched a competition calling for short stories ‘based on surveillance culture’. I’d long been a fan of the magazine, and was drawn to the theme, so thought I’d give it a whirl. I wanted to look at online surveillance, privacy and metadata, and concerns around the trails and traces we deposit in online spaces. The first few sentences of a story came to me quickly, and I was off. I found it easy and fun to explore on the page the liberating, if at-times anxious, aspects of online experiences, and of adult chat platforms … Continue reading The story behind ‘Twitch’

All about Adelaide

I visited the Vision Australia Radio studios in Kooyong on Tuesday morning to record my story ‘A Standard Night’ for the upcoming Cover to Cover special edition featuring work by Elwood Writers. The theme of the edition is ‘Adelaide’. I wrote ‘A Standard Night’ especially for the program. A friend asked me on Tuesday night what the story’s about. I hadn’t given much thought to describing it, but I told them it’s a fictionalised distillation of some of my Adelaide impressions and experiences. I immediately liked that description – it neatly sums the story up. The Elwood Writers Cover to … Continue reading All about Adelaide