I love writing fiction and poetry. 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 Minister'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 journals, anthologies and magazines including Best Australian Poems, Australian Love Stories, Island Magazine, Mascara, Southerly, and Verandah Literary Journal. In 2013 I was the Tea Tree Gully Poetry Festival's Poet-in-Residence.
I'm currently working on three writing projects including 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.