writing, reading, life.
Thanks for visiting Literati.
Here you will find posts about things that are important to me – writing, reading, researching and the occasional post on media and politics.
Be aware that when I post about a book it’s not a traditional ‘review’. I often take an element of the text and focus on that one topic, the way that you might in a tutorial with people who have also read the book. I have been criticised for commenting on key parts of text, and while I try not to writer ‘spoliers’, perhaps it’s best to read the book before you read my post about it.
Academically – I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Hons from The University of Melbourne in 2005.
Currently I am working on my PhD through Federation University, Ballarat Campus. My study is a novel and exegesis based on Australian female cartographers in WWII. In particular, the women based at the Villa Fortuna mansion in Bendigo. I’d love to hear any stories that you may have on this topic.
Creatively – Besides my PhD and the occasional poem or short story my major project is a novel set in Victoria (Australia) 1850 – 1875. The protagonist is a young woman with a disability, and the plot focuses on her drive to become an artist.
Professionally – my background is in instructional design, change management and corporate training and communications. View my LinkedIn profile for details.
I’ve also spent some time as the Publicity Officer for Ballarat Writers.
Published Works –
Columns in The Ballarat Independent
‘Tashkent’s Koran’ in Ex-parenthesis, 2012
‘St Petersburg’ in Eclectica, 2012
‘We buy him on our hands and knees’ in Eclectica, 2012
‘Eucalyptus Pyriformus’ in Artists inspire Artistry – Capturing Flora published by Ballarat Art Gallery reprinted by Art Monthly, 2012
‘The Whispers of God’ in Traditions Found, New Writing, published by Ballarat Art Gallery.
‘Hide and Seek, The Sensory Garden’ in Poetry Pathways, 2015 published by Ballarat Writers Incorporated.
‘How to paint a sigh‘, in response to an untitled landscape by David Moore, Nillumbik Shire Council Ekphrasis Award. Highly Commended 2015.
‘Conveyor’, in response to Maria Cook’s artwork, for Weathering the Future exhibition.
2011 – In conversation with Maureen McCarthy, keynote session, Ballarat Writers Festival.
2013 – Invited speaker on the M.A.D.E. by Writers panel, discussing how life as a writer interacts with the ideas of freedom, power and democracy. Melbourne Writers Festival.
2013 – In Conversation with M.J. Hyland, keynote session, Melbourne Writers Festival.
2011-2014 – Monthly guest on Voice FM discussing writing events, books and literature.
2015 – Twilight Talk, Art Gallery of Ballarat, ‘AWAS Cartographers.’
2016 – Clunes Booktown facilitator In Conversation with Sandy Jeffs.
2016 – Australian Historical Association Conference: ‘Fast Women or an Essential Service?’ Presentation.