I am the author of two novels, Flight (Fourth Estate) and Gathering Storm (Penguin), 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 just finished an allegorical novel, The Wayfarer and am working on a non-fiction book, The Alchemy of Story, a study of the transformative power of story and the mysteries of the creative process.

For many years I have been following a winding and multi-branched path into the heart of story and its purpose, exploring the linkages between modern story, myth, ancient spiritual traditions, nature traditions, psychology and creativity. This path eventually led me to complete a PhD called, Story: Mapping the Journey to Self, which has since opened up new directions for my research and writing and new opportunities to share my discoveries.

Over the past twenty years I have been working as an editor and manuscript assessor, a mentor, and a teacher of creative writing, running workshops and courses on all aspects of creative writing at introductory and advanced levels. I have also run creative writing courses for people suffering from chronic depression and explored ways of using story to re-balance the psyche. I have given extensive radio interviews on my research, my writing and on the creative process, while also speaking on panels at writing festivals and delivering papers in academic conferences.

At various points along the way, I have 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. For four years I worked as a Creative Writing Fellow at Aberystwyth University in Wales, supervising PhD students and teaching MA students. I also teach on the online MA in Writing program at Swinburne University in Melbourne. All this time I have been mentoring writers through major creative projects across a range of fiction and non-fiction genres. I’ve worked with many PhD and MA students of Creative Writing helping them with both the creative and critical elements in their projects. I’ve also worked extensively outside of academia with numerous emerging writers, mentoring them through their writing projects.

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