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Salt Lane witches, wagons and ditches

In my 2013 speculative fiction novel, Rupetta (2013), Henri, a history student, completes a small thesis after undertaking research into the lives of a pair of women know as the Salt Lane Witches. This post provides a few little tidbits of the intertextual backstory that went into the (re)writing of those characters and their (fairy) … Continue reading

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Uchronic, or queer in no time: wilful subjects in historical fiction

And one more. This is a draft abstract for a paper I hope to deliver at the annual conference of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP), in Melbourne this November. The conference title is: Writing the Ghost Train: Rewriting, Remaking, Rediscovering. Abstract: Uchronic, or queer in no time: wilful … Continue reading

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Death and the m(AI)den

The following is the abstract for a paper I’m hoping to deliver at the upcoming inaugural conference of the Australasian Death Studies Network: Death, Dying, and the Undead: Contemporary Approaches and Practice. The conference (which I’ll be attending either way!) will be held at UCQ’s Noosa Campus on October 25 … Continue reading

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Tiptree Award News & Reflections

Last year, my life got shaken, rattled and stirred. It was one of those years that changed the very foundations of my life. One of the amazing things that happened was that I won the 2013 James Tiptree, Jr Award for my novel, Rupetta. This award is presented annually by a panel … Continue reading

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Bragging (not so ‘umble)

Guess what? Rupetta got a favourable mention in The Washington Post. In a fabulous article by Alyssa Rosenberg called ‘20 ways to fix Hollywood’s woman problems‘ (no, the answer is not that Rupetta will DESTROY THE JOINT). This is super double awesome because two years ago today I was in York, in … Continue reading

Filed under : Mechanical Women , On Writing , Rupetta
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Galactic Chat

Have you been listening to Galactic Chat? A while ago I was interviewed by Alex Pierce for this wonderful program. I can’t bear to listen, but you should go ahead. I’ve really enjoyed listening to recent Galactic Chat interviews with Angela Slatter, Rosaleen Love and Alan Baxter. Go, listen. And explore the … Continue reading

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transcendence and uncertainty

Many moons ago, Jessica White tagged me in a ‘blog hop’. I only had to answer five questions, but it has taken me more than a month to get to it. In my defence: the questions were HARD! What am I working on now? I’m a bit of a bower-bird … Continue reading

Filed under : On Writing , Rupetta , Work in Progress
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Rupetta – reviews and copies

Well, it’s not every day you receive a lovely full page review in the national newspaper. George Williams reviewed Rupetta in The Australian this weekend. A lovely review. I was working in the kitchen when I received a message on my phone telling me to check out the weekend paper. … Continue reading

Filed under : Mechanical Women , On Writing , Rupetta
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Interview about writing

Today, I answer some questions from Adam Mills over at Weird Fiction. You can also read an extract from Rupetta (The Miracle of Consciousness) published free and online in the same issue. There’s also little review of Rupetta included here. I’m all over that place!

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