I love writing short stories, picture books, poetry and novels. I have an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Adelaide and a PhD from Flinders University. I've tutored at TAFE SA and Flinders University, and for three years I worked at the South Australian Writers' Centre as their Writer in Residence for people with disabilities. I've also conducted many workshops for writing groups, libraries and schools, and judged poetry and short story competitions.
My YA verse novel, The Art of Taxidermy, was shortlisted in the 2017 Text Prize and published by Text in July 2018. Since then it has been shortlisted and longlisted for a number of awards including the CBCA, Inkys, NSW Premier Literary Awards, the ABDA Awards, and the Prime Miinister's Literary Awards. (Please see my News & Events page for details.
My debut novel Underground Road was shortlisted in the Adelaide Festival of Literature Awards and published by Wakefield Press in 2013. I've had poems and short stories published in many journals, anthologies and magazines including Best Australian Poems, Australian Love Stories, Island Magazine, and Mascara, Southerly, and Verandah Literary Journals. In 2013 I was the Tea Tree Gully Poety Festival's Poet-in-Residence.
I'm currently working on three writing projects: a collection of short stories, which has been generously funded by Arts SA; a collection of typography-themed poems; and a new YA verse novel.