An Australian outback childhood, free of the dumbing effect of television, has
been my chief inspiration and education.
I have written for glossy lifestyle magazines, and my short fiction and
non-fiction has appeared in a range of publications, including anthologies by
Wakefield Press and Granta.
Whatever I happen to be working at, my real job is always writing.
I hold an MA and a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Adelaide. My
Nights In The Asylum
was published by Vintage (Australia) and
Picador UK in 2007. It was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, won
the 2008 Nita B. Kibble Award for Women Writers and the 2009 Peoples' Choice
If You Were Mine
was published by Vintage in 2008. A non-fiction title,
Quiet City: Walking in West Terrace Cemetery
was published by Wakefield Press in 2016.
I am an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide, and member of
the J. M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice. In 2016 I was the recipient of
the Barbara Hanrahan Fellowship at the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature,
and am currently Writer-in-Residence at the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative