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A blend of fiction and fact guides my work.
I’m fascinated with stories that are experienced and linked to the places where these stories are set, no matter how magnificent or mundane.
My fiction and non-fiction has been published and won awards, and I’ve received grants, residencies and commissions for my Locative Literature projects to be presented across Australia and overseas. I’ve also been an invited guest to speak at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival, the Emerging Writers’ Festival, National Young Writers’ Festival, Digital Writers’ Festival and if:book Australia, as well as presenting Locative Literature workshops across Australia.

Select achievements:


2021 – Making Waves sculptural ceramic collection launched at Melbourne Design Week


2019 – Bespoke ceramics featured at Art of Dining exhibition at National Gallery of Victoria


2019 – Future Forms ceramics exhibited at Boom Gallery in Geelong


2018 – Stop the Quotes finalist for the Nillumbik Prize


2017 – Her to Him finalist for the Wyndham Art Prize


2017 – Yes No commissioned by Moreland City Council for the Brunswick Library


2016 – Public art commission for Wordacus


2015 – City of Literature Travel Grant to present StepLit and concrete poetry in Dunedin, New Zealand


2014 – Melbourne Fringe Festival keynote project commission for Uncommon Places


2014 – Hosted world’s first public Cities of Literature global meet up for the Digital Writers’ Festival


2013 – City of Melbourne Arts Grant to create 7Stories


2013 – Australia Council Digital Writing Grant to create 1Story at Federation Square


2012 – Created 2Stories at NGV Studio for Emerging Writers’ Festival


2012 – Australian Poetry Residency to create 6Stories: a Locative Literature project


2011 – National Winner of 2012 Year of Reading Competition for Letters and Lufstories


2010 – City Of Melbourne Laneway Commission for the Locative Literature project MyStory


2009 – Fellowship of Australian Writers Highly Commended for short story Ants