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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


At the beginning of September I joined a group of writing friends for a week-long retreat at a rented house in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. The five of us originally met on a writing residency at Varuna in 2016, and have stayed in touch since then. The Sunday before leaving Melbourne, I sent off a grant application I’d been working on, and I had no other outstanding deadlines looming. I had a clean slate and a clear head, and decided I’d start a brand new short story in my week away. I wanted it to be an … Continue reading Retreat

Winning stories of the VI edition of The César Egido Serrano International Short Story Competition

The first prize went to ‘Fly’ by José Manuel Dorrego Sáenz, from Madrid, Spain. The winning story was written in Spanish, and its author wins $20,000. There were three second prizes of $2000 awarded to the highest-ranking entries in each of the other languages of the contest:‘Where Do You Think You’re Going?!’ is by Emilia Sheppard, resident in Warsaw, Poland – their story was written in English;‘Woodpecker’ is by Natheer Alzuabi, resident in Vienna, Austria – their story was written in Arabic;‘Pink’ is by Ravit Grossman, resident in Herzeliya Israel – their story was written in Hebrew. In line with … Continue reading Winning stories of the VI edition of The César Egido Serrano International Short Story Competition

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