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‘Ever-present change’

It’s mid-morning in suburban Perth on April 1, 2015.  Two labourers mirror each other as they stand alongside a half-dug ditch at the end of a driveway with their heads […]


Book feasts

Kung Hei Fat Choy to all my Hong Kong friends and may the Year of the Goat be good to you. From a personal perspective, the Year of the Horse […]

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Out of Place now available

How would you describe Out of Place? As a rather intense psychological study of trying to live up to expectations — other people’s and one’s own — and the battering […]

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The winds of change are stirring once again

Founded on raw courage or conviction or both, there are powerful things happening around the traps. Big steps, small steps — but steps they are, and all capable of producing […]


Can a book change your life?

Lunch with a journalist friend looking for work reminded me of my own first dedicated job search. I was in my mid-twenties with two young children. By then I had […]


The timelessness of story

On January 2, the day following our New Year party, I woke to reflect on time and on the heavy burden so many of us hang upon the branches of […]


‘To be read aloud’

With thanks to Athol Barrett for his reading and remembering of  Henry Lawson’s terrific poem. ‘To be read aloud,’ he insists. ‘ Especially at Christmastime.’   The Fire at Ross’s […]


Award-winning story

What a tremendous thrill to hear I was joint-winner of the Todhunter Literary Award with my story Middle-man. I’ve been long-listed, shortlisted and runner-up for both my novel and short […]

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Winning tales

What a remarkable read-fest of Australian literature I’ve been lucky enough to be immersed in over the past couple of  months or so: J. M. Coetzee’s The Childhood of Jesus, […]


Good stories never die

Written 50 years ago, Colin Thiele’s heartbreak tale about a boy and his pelican has just finished a theatre run in Perth. It’s classified as a children’s story, but whatever […]