Blog 2018-03-31T21:39:26+10:00

Life Writing Workshop

Join me, Hazel Edwards and Ray Mooney at a life writing workshop hosted by the Society of Women Writers. We'll be speaking about biography, memoir, family history and fact versus fiction. Author talks, panels and practical [...]

Shortlisted!

Surprised - and ludicrously happy - to find that Elizabeth Macarthur  has been shortlisted for the Ashurst Business Literature Prize. Some info about the prize, according to the website: Launched in 2004 by Blake Dawson [...]

New Edition

Ooooh! Look what was just delivered to my place - a beautiful new edition of Elizabeth Macarthur. Just quietly, I think I like this cover better. I fear the previous one was in danger of [...]

The Billabong Books and Me

The books, old and musty, were stashed at the back of a cupboard for want of shelf space. They’d been there for quite a while. A friend of my mother had owned them once, but [...]

Book Review: Flames by Robbie Arnott

Evocative. Intriguing. Compelling. Flames is a wonderful novel, and Arnott is a terrific new young voice in Australian fiction. In this assured debut, Arnott immerses the reader in the Tasmanian landscape, in weird and often [...]

Joining the Stella team

In a move that surprised me as much as anyone else, I've been selected as the new Executive Director of the Stella Prize. My new role was announced today, and I'll be starting in early [...]

Random Thoughts About Author Talks

People are generous. My author talk at 'Clunes on Sunday' was chaired by a woman who had inherited her farm from her mother, who had inherited it from her own mother. She told me that [...]

Speaking as an author…

I was afraid, when I began to do author talks, that someone would take me to task about this dubious fact, or that poorly argued inference. I thought they might interrogate me about my sources, [...]

Out and about, talking about Elizabeth Macarthur

Promoting the book has so far been a very happy, enjoyable process. Talking to interesting people, hanging out in libraries and bookshops, eating scones - seriously, what's not to love? And yes, those scones pictured [...]