About Me

Photo By  Matt Colllins

Photo By Matt Colllins

I’m a freelance writer, or as my grandmother puts it, I “work for the internet”.

Specifically I write, in descending order of frequency, a newspaper column, feature articles, short stories and books.

My newest work is a novel, The Toymaker, which was long-listed for best debut fiction by the Indie Book Awards and won the Fellowship of Australian Writers Christina Stead Fiction Award.


My 2014 memoir, The Feel-Good Hit of the Year follows my journey from starry-eyed flower child to inept gangster and was shortlisted for the National Biography Award and a Ned Kelly Award. It was followed in 2015 by Mistakes Were Made, a collection of essays and kind-of-sort-of sequel.

I was the recipient of the 2014 M Literary Award, and in 2015 I was the inaugural UNESCO creative resident of the City of Literature of Prague and the winner of the Geoff Dean Short Story Competition.

You can find my work in The Saturday Paper, The Age, The Good Weekend, Smith Journal, Meanjin, The Best of The Lifted Brow, The Sleepers Almanac, and many other publications

Select pieces can be found here, which should give you an idea of how versatile and wordsmithish I am, and how many trucks full of cash you should hire me for.

I’m available for commission, commercial copy, ghostwriting, MS appraisal and structured mentorship.