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, a 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. It has been translated into Russian, Italian, and Czech.

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. In 2018, I am the National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellow for Australian Writing.

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