Last night I finished the second rewrite of my debut novel Rare Birds, which is being edited by Zoya Patel in preparation to send to a literary agent. I’ve been calling this the “second” rewrite because getting the manuscript up to a standard that I was happy enough with to show an editor last year
Some news that made it onto the Facebook page and my Instagram, but that I somehow neglected to put on the website… My short story “Like Siamese” was recently long-listed for the 2016 Birdcatcher Books Short Story Award. “Like Siamese” will appear in the competition’s print anthology, released through Birdcatcher Books mid-2017. Exciting!
A piece I wrote on the university textbooks vs. e-books debate has gone live on Society19‘s AU page this morning. It’s the second fun, silly piece I’ve gotten to write for a student website/audience this year since my piece for Farrago in April. If you like your books papery and your memes on point, read
This week marks the 65th publication anniversary of J. D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye. As well as being the main focus of my postgraduate research at the University of Melbourne, this book has played a big part in influencing my development as a writer (as well as – let’s be real here
7 years, 1000 drafts (with 1000 more re-writes), 4 writing holidays… and it’s done. Rare Birds is finished! Tonight I’m celebrating with a glass of champagne as the manuscript of my first novel goes off to the editor. Thank you to everyone for their support and enthusiasm over the years since I first drafted this
Today is World Book Day and in celebration I’ve written a piece that’s up on Farrago Magazine‘s website. It’s titled “88 Lines about 44 Books” and the structure is (of course) modeled on the lyrics of the 80s new wave classic by The Nails. It’s a fun, general interest piece based on my years of
Exciting news! Following my January 27 piece published by The Conversation I was invited to speak on ABC Local Radio NSW with Dominic Knight. This was my second appearance on their Evenings program as an academic researcher, this time talking about the influence of J. D. Salinger’s writing on culture, film, young adult literature, and