Conflux 16 Visions of Time

Conventions are back, baby. Last weekend, I took myself up to Canberra for Conflux 16 Visions of Time – the speculative fiction convention which was being held for the first time since the pandemic began.  And boy was it a good time. Three days of fabulous panels and excellent people talking speculative fiction writing, books, […]

Goodbye old me, Hello new! Time to update the headshots…

With a new book coming out this year, it was time to update the headshots. Nobody tells you when you become an author that you’ll need to have a decent photo of yourself, but there you go. This was my older one, taken around 2015, from memory: Seeing as that one was coming up on […]

Australian Shadows Awards for 2020 Works

The winners of the Australian Shadows Awards for works published in 2020 have been announced! I was convenor of the Poetry judging panel this year. After having served my time on the short stories judging panel for the last couple of years, with over a hundred entries a year in that category, poetry was a different […]

Launched!

The Wildcard has been launched! In early May, I had the absolute pleasure of launching The Wildcard, as part of the FrankTalks literary talk series down at Frankston Library.  It was a co-launch with friend and fellow IFWG author, Rebecca Fraser, who was launching her dark and disturbing short story collection, Coralesque. Emceed by the […]

Coralesque: Recommended Reading

I don’t read short stories much these days. I’ve always loved the long form, for reading or for writing, and while every now and then I make a concerted effort to read short works, I generally gravitate back to my natural home, the longer the better.  And yet every now and then a short work […]

Reading Rec: Bowl the Maidens Over

Look at this thing of beauty. Bowl the Maidens Over is the recent release from writer and researcher Louise Zedda-Sampson, and it’s a wonderful book I absolutely recommend if you’re into history, sport, women’s history, cricket, or just little known historical tales very well told.  It’s the story of the first women’s cricket games in Victoria, […]