I am a writer, mainly of fiction. My first novel, Fugitive Blue, won the Dobbie Award for Women Writers and was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award in 2009. Before Fugitive Blue was published, many of my short stories appeared in literary journals, including Meanjin, Island, Overland and Australian Short Stories.
Since Fugitive Blue, I’ve had two babies and completed a PhD at the University of Melbourne. My PhD focused on novels by George Eliot and Henry James (in particular, Middlemarch, Daniel Deronda and The Portrait of a Lady) alongside nineteenth-century travel to Italy.
These days, I live in the Dandenong Ranges outside Melbourne. I am working on two novels. One is about theatre and bushfires and the performances we all undertake to get through every day of our lives. The other is the story of a young Australian woman in contemporary Europe. I’m also writing some shorter pieces of fiction and non-fiction. I teach in the Creative Writing and Literary Studies programs in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne.