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Here’s a little list of things I’ve been working on of late … I’d love to hear all about your recent successes, or works in progress, too ūüôā Poems (out now): ‘All the things I Kept’ in Cordite (Monster) ‘Strange Men’ in Southerly (Violence 78.3) – TW for sexual assault … Continue reading

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Recent Publications

What have I been up to lately? Here’s a list of a few recent publications … ‘Night Drive’ (a poem) in Verity La. ‘The Beautiful Husband’ (a short story) in Social Alternatives (Volume 36, no 3) A Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge ‘review’ of Dickens’s David Copperfield at Going Down Swinging. … Continue reading

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ICFA 39 200 Years of the Fantastic: Celebrating Frankenstein and Mary Shelley

An audience needs something stronger than a pretty little love story. So, why shouldn’t I write of monsters? (Mary Shelley, the character, from the 1935 film¬†Bride of Frankenstein) Darlings! You won’t believe it. (Well, you might). Here’s the most amazing news: in March next year, I’ll be a Guest of … Continue reading

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Lawnmowing poetry

Asa Gray wrote Increase Lapham: pay particular attention to my pets, the grasses. — by Lorine Niedecker (1940). This semester, I’m teaching a poetry course for third year undergraduates. I’ve never been one¬† to divide a semester into the usual kind of weeks (week one: line, week two: stanza, week … Continue reading

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‘Libussa’ by Johann Karl August Mus√§us

‘Libussa’ is one of the tales related/retold by Johann Karl August¬†Mus√§us, and first translated into English by Thomas Carlyle. It was published in Carlyle’s three-volume publication¬†Translations from the German¬†(1827). The tale below is a transcription of Carlyle’s translation (not one of my own translations). The tale was part of¬†Mus√§us’s 1728 … Continue reading

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The women (wo)men don’t see

At a recent conference on excess and desire in twentieth- and twenty-first century women’s writing, one of the presenters quoted from Natalie Kon-Yu’s 2016 essay, in Overland, ‘A testicular hit-list of literary big cats‘. In particular, she quoted from the section in which Kon-Yu describes the depiction of Jake Whyte’s … Continue reading

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The Green Fairy Book (a personal mixtape)

Recently, Gyspy Thornton blogged about the notion of fairy-tale mixtapes, an idea borrowed from Adam Hoffman’s discussion of¬†Andrew Lang, and how to conceptualise the eccentric array of works pulled together in Lang’s¬†coloured fairy tale collections. The always sparkly and scholarly Rebecca-Anne do Rozario blogged her fairy-tale mixtape here. The idea … Continue reading

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lots of people go mad in January; not as many as in May …

May is coming, and with it, the release of my new novel,¬†Dying in the First Person, which is being released by my fabulous publisher,¬†Transit Lounge.¬†This may send me mad (if I’m not already). Writing this book has been a long, slow process.¬†It has been written during a period of extraordinary … Continue reading

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Childhood paracosms (Alleston, Ejuxria, Farksolia, Nahum …)

  I’ll be presenting a paper¬†on the life and work of Barbara Newhall Follett as part of the¬†Forgotten Lives/Biographies¬†symposium being held at USQ on April 28th this year. This paper developed out of a research interest that informed the writing of¬†Dying In The First Person, in particular, children who have … Continue reading

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John Mystery and the Adventure Castle

The wonderful librarian at Monash University’s Rare Books (Stephen Perrin) has shared with me just a few of the many ‘John Mystery’ publications in the collection. John Mystery¬†was an Australian children’s publishing phenomenon. He published hundreds of small, cheap books for children during the late 1930s and 1940s, for very … Continue reading

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