I am now the author of two novels, Flight (Fourth Estate 2012) and Gathering Storm (Penguin 2008), which is currently being adapted for screen. My short stories, essays and life writing have also been published in anthologies, magazines, newspapers and literary journals. I have recently completed a novel, Between Worlds and immediately launched myself into working on its sequel. When there is time I continue work on a non-fiction book called The Alchemy of Story, a study of the transformative power of story and the mysteries of the creative process.
At various points along the way, I completed a BA in Writing at the University of Technology in Sydney, an MA in Writing at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK and a PhD at Swinburne University in Melbourne. I now work as a Creative Writing Fellow at Aberystwyth University in Wales and also teach on the online MA in Writing program at Swinburne University in Melbourne.
I have always been close to story, drawn to it as one is drawn to a blazing fireplace on a cold night; for comfort, company, rumination and illumination. As a child, the stories I read acted (and still do), as a compass, guiding me through life. As an adult, stories have become a mirror in which I can explore myself, and a means of connecting with others, liberating my thinking, and increasing my understanding of the world in which I live. So it’s no surprise that I have been drawn to the risky business of writing.
For more than twenty years I have worked as an editor, a manuscript assessor, a mentor and a teacher of creative writing, running short and long workshops and courses on all aspects of creative writing at introductory and advanced levels. In line with the focus of my novels and my research, over time many of the workshops I have developed, link the art and the craft of writing with its potential for personal transformation. My website and blog, Centre for Story contains listings of useful resources as well as information about my services as a mentor, editor, teacher and speaker.