I was born in Adelaide, which is, as far as I know, the very best place to be born and means I will be forever plagued by nostalgia for terrible water, white sandy beaches, Balfour’s custard tarts and a boat called Popeye.
Now I live in Melbourne, where I write about brains and love and people and family and food and creativity. My short work has been published by Black Inc., The Guardian, The Big Issue, ELLE, Good Weekend, Meanjin, The Lifted Brow, Overland, Kill Your Darlings, Daily Life, The Age, the ABC and many other places.
I’m the author of two novels: THE PAPER HOUSE and THE GULF. I was the inaugural winner of The Horne Prize for my essay “The Suicide Gene”, and in 2018 was grateful to be supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria as part of their Creators’ Fund. I am the Nonfiction Editor for ISLAND Magazine.
I’m also a PhD candidate at Deakin University, looking at the institutionalisation of women and historiography, with a focus on the Adelaide Destitute Asylum, where my great-grandfather was born. I won the 2017 Philip Brown History Award for this work.