Green Thumbs, Not Yet Published - *Highly Commended in the Writers Forum Short Story Competition* Love-You-Lots in Litro The Brothers Rose in Every Day Fiction and Fudoki Magazine Apocalypse in The Marble Hand Literary Magazine - *Highly Commended in the Manchester Fiction Prize 2018* Hardboiled in Control Literary Magazine Timetravel for Dummies in Aurealis 26 … Continue reading Short Stories
Origin Story In which reality is blurred, we go back to the beginning to discover how it all began, sleep the sleep of the dead and get awkwardly personal. There is a moment a singular occasion one infinitesimal point in time just before my eyelids close just before sleep takes me between my conscious thoughts … Continue reading Unmasked- Part V
Graphic In which our hero does a lot of things and nothing much at all, a blank page is filled, we learn a thing or two about the process and realise that Dream Girl doesn't screen her calls. "Dream Girl sighs, alone in the tunnel. She's wasting all her energy holding back the blood, stopping … Continue reading Unmasked- Part IV
After The Golden Age In which we skip straight to the comics anyway, discover a new level of disdain for the tabloids, encounter a threat and realise that it's not every dream in which we can fly. On Monday, all hell breaks loose. The Morning Herald runs with 'Dream Girl Sleeps With the Enemy' The … Continue reading Unmasked- Part III
Eternal Dream In which the obituaries page loses a member, we learn some comic comic book life lessons, can't help but stare at her legs, and realise there's a fundamental flaw in our hero's superpowers. Mild-mannered Matthew rough round the edges sits atop a skyscraper legs over ledges. Sitting there staring down on the heads … Continue reading Unmasked- Part II
The Dark Night Falls In which we are introduced to our hero, take a left to the chin, rethink the floor plan of our evil lair and plan a lunar picnic. She can fly, you know, if she wants to,she could zock you on the chin,she could punch right through three feet of steel if it should come to it. She could … Continue reading Unmasked- Part I
I recently had the pleasure of writing a guest blog for the fine folks at Aussie Reviews. I chose to write about the real life poets who inspired the creation of the Unknown Digger in my novel Where the Line Breaks. When I started researching Australian war poets for my book, I quickly realised I … Continue reading Aussie Reviews Guest Blog
I recently had the pleasure of answering some questions all about my novel Where the Line Breaks for Good Reading Magazine, the magazine for book lovers. We spoke about writing the novel in London, who or what the Unknown Digger is, the similarities and differences between my life and the life of Matt Denton (one … Continue reading Q&A with goodReading Magazine
I recently had the great pleasure of taking part in a wonderful question and answer session with fellow Perth author Amanda Curtin, the author of two novels, Elemental and The Sinkings; a collection of short fiction, Inherited; and a work of narrative non-fiction, Kathleen O’Connor of Paris, which was also published by Fremantle Press. Amanda asked me some wonderful … Continue reading Q&A with Amanda Curtin
Anzac Day Ceremony at Polygon Wood, 2013 April is a very special month to be published in, because not only does my book feature the exploits of the original Anzacs themselves, those brave men who left Australia and New Zealand to fight on the beaches at Gallipoli and on into the Eastern and Western Fronts … Continue reading Letters from the Writing Trenches: The Western Front
Where the Line Breaks is out in Australia and New Zealand, and I am officially a published author, which is a wonderful sentence to be able to write. It's something I've dreamt of since I wrote my first Batman poem in primary school, and the time I rewrote a Biggles story by changing all the … Continue reading The Path to Publication: Book Birthday!
With Where the Line Breaks out in a few days, I thought it might be interesting to take a closer look at some of real life inspirations behind the novel, and some of the early drafts and poems I wrote that never made it into the book. Where the Line Breaks tells the story of The Unknown … Continue reading The Path to Publication: Digger VE/6136
Where the Line Breaks is out in exactly one month. It's starting to feel very real. One of the very first sparks of inspiration for the book came to me in a very special place: Anzac Cove on the Gallipoli Peninsula, during the early morning hours of Anzac Day 2013. I wrote all about it … Continue reading Letters from the Writing Trenches: Gallipoli
My short story 'Love-You-Lots' was published by Litro US as part of their #FridayFlash series on Friday 19th February 2021. Litro is a literary and creative arts platform that champions emerging writers from around the world, in print and online. You can read the story by clicking here.
If you're curious as to what my upcoming debut novel Where the Line Breaks is all about, here's a short video where I discuss the main plot, made for the Books+Publishing newsletter about four new Fremantle Press authors. Books+Publishing is Australia’s number-one source of news about the book industry, keeping subscribers up to date with the … Continue reading Where the Line Breaks Introduction Video
Over the next few months, before Where the Line Breaks is published, I thought it might be interesting to look at the inspiration and the ideas that led me to write the novel. Where the Line Breaks tells the story of The Unknown Digger, a hugely popular but anonymous soldier poet of the First World … Continue reading The Path to Publication: The Digger (Apologies to Rupert Brooke)