Reminder: Australian Short Story Festival 2021

Only a week to go till this year’s Australian Short Story Festival kicks off in Adelaide. It’s an in-person event, though it’s now been confirmed that some participants, myself included, will have to attend via Zoom because of current border restrictions. If you’re going to be in Adelaide from Friday 5 to Sunday 7 November, why not get hold of a ticket and pop along. It’s a really interesting line up of sessions and workshops. I’m taking part in ‘Masculinity’ on Saturday, and ‘Writing the Family’ on Sunday. Might see you there. Program info here, ticketing here. For a full … Continue reading Reminder: Australian Short Story Festival 2021

‘How to Maintain a Thriving Writers Group’

I re-blogged a post from the Elwood Writers site yesterday, and the links in the preview of the original post got corrupted in the reblogging. I’ve no idea why. Maybe Elwood Writers could investigate. Anyway, I like a nice clean post so thought I’d try a different approach. Here goes: I’ve written the October guest post for the blog on Lee Kofman’s website. ‘How to Maintain a Thriving Writers Group’ is online now at The Writing Life. According to Elwood Writers, the post ‘offers practical tips to anyone thinking of starting a group, or for those who want to inject … Continue reading ‘How to Maintain a Thriving Writers Group’

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