A decade or so before I published Rise & Shine, my debut  novel, Figurehead (Black Inc., 2009), was longlisted for the 2010 Miles Franklin Literary Award.

To buy Figurehead, hassle (chat politely with) your local bookseller or order the book or e-book from Black Inc.

Short Fiction

My short fiction has appeared in Meanjin, Review of Australian FictionKill Your Darlings, Griffith Review, Southerly, The Big Issue, and elsewhere.  Check out Australian literary magazines: you need them and they need you.


My essays, columns, profiles and reviews have appeared widely, including in the Sydney Review of Books, Australian Book Review, Mekong ReviewThe Advertiser (Adelaide), The Weekend AustralianThe Monthly, The Melbourne Review, The Big Issue and elsewhere, including scholarly journals. 


I am an experienced editor, manuscript assessor, and writing judge. With my editing hat on, I am particularly interested in helping specialists write for non-specialists (the rest of us). I was Commissioning Editor for the University of Adelaide Press, have co-edited an issue of Griffith Review, and have edited scholarly writing, fiction and much else.