PhD  – Writing from the Shadowlands — Comparative and cross-cultural literature—Murdoch University 2005.

BA Hons. (1st class) Creative Writing—University of Western Australia 1999.

BA. Double major English/History—University of Western Australia 1995.

Dip. Business—Chinese University of Hong Kong 1985.



Launceston Tasmania Literary Award 2015 — Winner for “My Mother Was a Russian Spy”

The Todhunter Literary Award 2013 – Joint-winner for “Middle-man” (short story)

One Country Reading  2011 — Long-listed for A Break in the Chain (historical novel)

A B Natoli National Award 2010 — Highly commended for “The Gambler” (short story)

Penguin-Varuna Manuscript Award 2010 — Shortlisted for Lines in the Sand (unpublished manuscript  working title — published as Out of Place). Chosen as an audio book by VisAbility WA (formerly WA Association for the Blind)

Julie Lewis Biennial Literary Award 2009 — Runner-up for “Endlessly Rocking” (short story)




Out of Place. 2014

Our Grand Design.  2012.

A Break in the Chainthe Early Kozminskys.  2011.

Heytesbury Stud. 2003.

For Women Who Grieve.1995. Reprint US, 1996. e-book, 2013.


Commissioned history

Teamwork: The Story of the Correia Brothers2012.


Published essays

‘Oh man, it’s a great place” Feature article West Travel April 2016

“What’s This Thing Called Sex?” Griffith Review.

“Thousandth Miles”. Griffith Review.

“Once Were Immigrants”.  ABC Radio National.

“Rootlessness in Literature”. International Journal of the Humanities

“E. G. Browne’s A Year Amongst the Persians”. Traffic, UMPA, Melb University


Published short stories

“The Gambler”. Highly Commended AB Natoli National Award, published Island.

“Endlessly Rocking”. Commended Julie Lewis Biennial Lit Award; anthologised.

“The Schoolteacher”. The West Australian

“The Kookaburra’s Laugh”. Scope Magazine, South Africa.



2011–current — Writer

2007—2011 – Private tutor at schools and universities throughout the metro.

2004—2006 – Lecturer/Unit coordinator –Lit Theory/Professional Writing/Aust Lit MU.

2000—2003 – Lecturer/Unit coordinator Literature University of Notre Dame. Tutor private sector.

1990-1999 – Public relations/LecturerUWA Extension and TAFE Colleges. Literary Officer FAW (WA). Consultant YMCA Perth. Private tutor English Lit. TEE marker English Lit for the Curriculum Council.

1986—1989 – Director of Publications—Quin Spencer Argo Public Relations

1985—1986 – Senior public relations consultant—Ward HoltPublic Relations

1980—1985 – Managing Editor Off Duty Publications (world-wide military magazine).



Pets of Older Persons (POOPS) WA Inc. Immediate past-president and founder of POOPS in WA in 2010.

Adult Literary Services– Volunteer tutor 1994.

Riding for the Disabled (Shepparton, Vic and Perth) – Volunteer 1989-91.




Australian Society of Authors

Varuna the Writer’s House

Professional Historians Association

Centre for WA History

Mortlake and District Historical Society

Royal Historical Society of Victoria










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