Category Archives: Writing

Crime Factory Hard Labour

Hard Labour is a new all-Australian anthology of short crime fiction being launched by Crime Factory in October and I’m thrilled to be part of it. The Hard Labour anthology is bookended by stories from two of Australia’s crime fiction greats, … Continue reading

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Thank you, Mesopotamia

Attention Melbourne writers: if you haven’t yet done so, I urge you to visit the Mesopotamia exhibition at the Melbourne Museum and pay homage to the ancient culture that invented writing. I spent a wondrous morning wandering around the exhibition … Continue reading

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Why I read

I had great pleasure in attending a Melbourne Writers Festival 2011 session that brought authors Kate Grenville, Chris Womersley and Tess Gerritsen together on the subject Why I Read. The conversation ranged from experiences of learning to read — Grenville from the … Continue reading

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In with the new

I’m one of those people who can walk into a office, sit down at a desk and start working. Only months later will it occur to me that if I re-positioned the desk, I could more easily get at my files and … Continue reading

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Thoughts on becoming an Australian writer

Last night I had the pleasure of listening to Peter Temple give the inaugural Miles Franklin Literary Award Oration. I knew Peter to be a great speaker. I was also interested in his subject, “Reading the country: Thoughts on becoming an … Continue reading

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Scouting more locations

It’s always nerve-wracking visiting a place for the first time, all the more so when the bus all the guide books recommend doesn’t seem to exist and you end up travelling by minibus with 12 Thai people, at least one … Continue reading

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My friends call me Google

My crime novels are set in Thailand, so I’m always in the market for Thai names. But as Thai names can be alienating for readers unfamiliar with Thai language, they need to easy to recognise and different enough for a … Continue reading

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Writers at the Convent 2011 de-brief

I’m fortunate to have been a guest at several writers’ festivals now, but Saturday’s New Fiction panel with Toni Jordan and Meg Mundell chaired by Nadine Davidoff goes down as one of my most enjoyable. For a start, we all … Continue reading

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Locusts, book lovers & a Giant Murray Cod

I travelled to Swan Hill recently for my day job, but my enterprising colleague and self-appointed agent Lea decided I should combine the visit with an author tour. So I went straight from the train, past the Giant Murray Cod, to Swan Hill Primary … Continue reading

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Naming names

‘Names in fiction have an almost mystical importance,’ writes Jane Sullivan in The enabling art of naming names (The Age, A2, Sat 13 Nov 2010 p.25). Indeed, there is an almost mystical story to the name of one of the … Continue reading

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