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Newcastle Herald Short Story Competition

‘Reining Rajah’ – Finalist 2015 Newcastle Herald Short Story Competition

I’m thrilled to announce ‘Reining Rajah’ was selected as a finalist in the Newcastle Herald Short Story competition. The story was first published in the Newcastle Herald on Saturday, January 17, 2015 and can be read at the following link: The entire collection of finalists are available to read at this link: Congratulations … Continue reading


Flaming Charli –

UPDATE: New website at We are very excited to announce the arrival of our children’s picture book – Flaming Charli. Flaming Charli is published by envirobook and is the culmination of a two-year collaboration between myself and illustrator, Lorraine Robertson. With pleasant rhyming text, and vivid 3D illustrations, Flaming Charli captures the drama of the … Continue reading

'Grieve' - Grief Awareness Month Short Story Competition

Grieve 2014 and Harlequin

I was honoured to read a couple of wonderful pieces for the Grieve Live Reading at The Conservatorium’s Harold Lobb Concert Hall last night. The evening was the finale of the Grieve Writing Competition and also the launch of an anthology of over 80 stories entered into the competition. Harlequin was included in this anthology…    Harlequin … Continue reading

she: true stories Ordinary & Extraordinary

UPDATE: Visceral wins at she: true stories competition

I am thrilled to announce that Visceral collected the prize allocated by the YWCA (Hunter Region) for the she: true tales Ordinary & Extraordinary short story competition. The project was run in conjunction with a short story and photographic portrait competition aligned with a series of workshops to complement the competition. The story was read aloud at the … Continue reading

Newcastle Herald 'Summer Stories'


Rebirth was a finalist in the Newcastle Herald ‘Summer Stories’ competition. Stories this year were inspired by a choice from three visual stimuli. The photo that inspired Rebirth showed Xanthorrhoea regeneration in a post-apocalyptic landscape after a firestorm. Rebirth was first published in the Newcastle Herald on 25 January 2014. It can be read online at the Newcastle … Continue reading