writing

publication & prizes

the 10am requiem

This short story was a finalist in the 2019 Lane Cove Literary Award.

At her Dad’s funeral, there were a few rows taken at the front with immediate family. Then there was a wasteland of empty pews in the middle and full rows at the back. It had bothered her how lopsided it felt, like a tide pulling back out.

the hated hipster

This essay was published in Island, Issue 154, 2018.

If people think more about being part of a community and spending time with their nan learning how to make jam, is it such a bad thing?

breathe

This short story was published in the 2017 The Big Issue Fiction Special.

It was her first homecoming. She didn’t realise it would be so underwhelming. Everything was all just the same; the saggy washing line, the tangle of bougainvillea, the lawn that never looked as neat as it should.

bump

This short story was a finalist in the 2017 Sydney Writer’s Room Short Story Award.

Grace’s mother had given her lessons on this serious aspect of diplomacy when entertaining. Grace thought about all the things her mother taught her that she never needed to know and the things she never learned which might have been helpful.

the last piece

This short story was a finalist in the 2011 Alan Marshall Short Story Award.

She stood still and tried to feel something; charged air, a hand on her shoulder. She could hear the drone of the fridge and the flicker of the fluoro lighting but she couldn’t hear an answer from her dead husband.

the German teacher

This short story was published in 2006 Sleeper’s Almanac and was a finalist in the 2003 HQ Short Story Competition.

I can’t win with James. He’s falling out of love. I’m fuel for irritation; the way my shoes click, the strength of my perfume, my intonation when I ask a question.

fish n chips

This short story was published in the 2007 Unleashed Anthology published by Red Bubble.

Lindsay apologised to the boy in blue boardies. He shrugged and she followed the freckles on his back as he retreated outside to his girlfriend.

Rachel’s kitchen

This short story was published in Taste, Fresh New Writing, which was published by Halstead Press in 2003.

Rachel’s kitchen had a collection of twenty-two different herbs and spices. My mum’s had two.

mother tongue

This memoir piece about my mother was published as part of the Imagining Ourselves exhibition in 2007 through the International Museum of Women, San Francisco. The exhibition included an anthology and Mother Tongue was publishedalongside pieces from Isabel Allende and Zadie Smith.

It was also voted Best of Oceania.

My mum sang lullabies to us in German, rocking us gently to the tunes of her childhood.

the Marian Eldridge award

I won the 2006 Marian Eldridge Award for an Australian female writer based on a portfolio of writing.

I was also short-listed for the 2003 Marian Eldridge Award for an Australian female writer based on a portfolio of writing.

mango madness

This creation non-fiction piece won the 1998 Australian’s Review of Books Young Writer Award.

People either love or detest the tropics. There’s no room for moderates in a climate that is so extreme. Referring to North Australia, Thea Astley wrote “Banks hated it up here. So did Cook. But they hadn’t met any people”.

jigsaw

This script for a black comedy gameshow was a finalist in the 1999 ICI Young Playwright’s Award.