Australian Short Story Festival 2021

This year’s Australian Short Story Festival is taking place in Adelaide from 5 to 7 November. I’m looking forward to participating in two sessions: ‘Masculinity’, on Saturday 6 November, and ‘Writing the Family’ on Sunday 7 November. Full program details, including more on those two sessions, can be found here. You’ll find info on this year’s lineup of writers here. Ticketing details are here, and you can get tickets here. Hope you can make it! Continue reading Australian Short Story Festival 2021

Queensland Literary Awards | State Library of Queensland

It’s a huge thrill and honour to have been a finalist in this year’s Queensland Literary Awards. Broken Rules and Other Stories was one of five books shortlisted for the University of Southern Queensland Steele Rudd Award for a Short Story Collection. Thanks so much to the judges and everyone involved in the awards. I enjoyed every minute of the live stream of Thursday evening’s awards ceremony from State Library of Queensland. The recording is available on the State Library website, or you can catch it over on YouTube. It’s well worth a watch. (The Steele Rudd Award begins 43 … Continue reading Queensland Literary Awards | State Library of Queensland

Publication anniversary

Wednesday this week marked one year from the release of Broken Rules and Other Stories. How time flies. Seems only yesterday that I was seeing cheery signs in the frolicking of a dolphin in the sunny waters of the Maribyrnong River on the morning of publication day. And now here we are in spring again. The book’s adventures so far are charted here. It’s been an enjoyable and eventful twelve months. Happy anniversary, Broken Rules! Continue reading Publication anniversary

Queensland Literary Awards 2021

I’m over the moon that Broken Rules and Other Stories has been shortlisted for this year’s University of Southern Queensland Steele Rudd Award for a Short Story Collection. To see the five shortlisted books and read the judges’ comments on them, click here. More information on the Queensland Literary Awards can be found at State Library of Queensland, here. Many thanks to everyone involved in the awards. Continue reading Queensland Literary Awards 2021

Gone

One morning he set off on his walk, but when he reached the point where he usually turns back and heads for home, he kept on going. For hours and hours, on he went, and all the while behind him the city was diminishing. Days later, when he remembered to glance back, the skyline had disappeared completely. Each day the road stretched ahead to an unknown horizon, and each day he came upon quiet places to drink and eat. People in these places were thoughtful and generous, taking nothing, talking little, asking no questions. Refreshed, he’d smile and gather himself … Continue reading Gone