Last weekend, I had the enormous privilege of being part of a writer’s event with Kylie Kaden. During Kylie’s interview, she spoke about being a pantser, rather than a plotter, and used the metaphor of driving at night with your headlights on, or walking through the forest with a torch, as a … Continue reading
This is the second in a series of blog posts looking at gender and literary awards. In particular, these posts look at the gender of the authors of award-winning books, and the gender of the main or viewpoint character/s of those books. I’ve found this research quite exciting and interesting, because … Continue reading
This is a tiny, tiny extract from my current work-in-progress. A novel whose draft title is The Book of Ruth. It is the story of a family growing up in a small riverside town in northern New South Wales after the Second World War. Beth, lying belly down on the pier, her … Continue reading
At night, the monster pads down the hall. Her bare feet are soft on the floorboards. Who’s that trip-trap-tripping down my hall? Who’s that rap-rip-rapping at my door? At night, the monster comes into my bed. She lies down beside me. Her hair is pale as wheat. Her lips are … Continue reading
This is the abstract for a paper I’m hoping to deliver at the 2014 AAWP conference, Minding the Gap: Writing Across Thresholds and Fault Lines. The conference will take place in Wellington, New Zealand, 30 November — Throughout literary history, a number of women writers have taken on male noms … Continue reading
So, it’s about time I revisited this site, updated its look and started, like, actually posting stuff here. I mean, new stuff. So, this week, this site will be UNDER CONSTRUCTION while I work on that. Gotany suggestions? I’d love to hear from you.