I am the author of the historical novel, The Bee and the Orange Tree (Affirm Press, 2019), set in Paris in 1699, exploring an event in the extraordinary life of Baroness Marie Catherine d’Aulnoy, the woman who coined the term ‘fairy tale’ and, before the Brothers’ Grimm and Charles Perrault, published the very first fairy tale.
My first novel, The Birdman’s Wife (Affirm Press 2016), about the life and career of Elizabeth Gould, won the 2017 Australian Booksellers’ Association and Nielsen Bookscan Booksellers’ Choice Award and the 2017 Queensland Premier’s Award/University of Queensland Fiction Award. It was shortlisted for the Courier Mail’s People’s Choice Award, 2017; the Australian Book Industry Awards, 2017; the Australian Book Designers’ Association Awards; and the Australian Independent Booksellers Award.
I have a PhD and Masters Degree in Creative Writing (University of Queensland) and a first class honours degree in English (University of Queensland). I teach, tutor and facilitate poetry, memoir, fiction and non-fiction writing courses at writers centres and in university settings. I have published one collection of poetry, The Hospital for Dolls (Post Pressed) as well as numerous academic articles, journalism, fiction and poetry in publications in Australia and overseas. I have presented my work as a fiction writer and academic at conferences, writers’ festivals, libraries, bookstores and other events.
I was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, and migrated to Australia with my family when I was eight years old. I live in Brisbane with my partner and children.