Writing is my way of processing events and finding a way to deal with my emotions. My stepfather's death was a particularly difficult time as he committed suicide because of his trauma in being a sex abuse survivor. In writing the piece Helpless I researched the effects of sexual abuse on men and I was able to understand him and his choice more.
I am very privileged that Kalliope Journal championed this piece by commissioning and published it. I am also particularly indebted to Dmetri Kakmi for putting on his editorial hat and so beautifully and sensitively editing it.
Had such a blast night in conversation with Paddy O'Reilly about her beautiful novel Other Houses at The Chestnut Tree Bookshop. It was such a lovely bookish night to talk about the themes of class, women in class, the voyeurism we feel in being in other people's houses.
Thank you Paddy for inviting me and Chestnut Tree Bookshop for hosting such a lovely event. It was my first table discussion and it felt so lovely and inclusive.
It has been so long since I have been out that it was such a pleasure to be in the world. Thank you Jodi Wiley for coming and taking photos for me. And thank you Affirm Press for your support and producing such a beautiful hardcover of Paddy's book. It is so tactile and such a lovely artefact.
Was featured on the In Their Own Write blog about my writing process. Off the page with Amra Pajalic. Read it here.
So excited about my upcoming In Conversation Event with Paddy O'Reilly at Chestnut Tree on the 21 April. Book via link. Copies of The Cuckoo's Song will be available to purchase on the night.
Very excited to be a recipient of a Brimbank City Council Art Spaces Activation Partnership Funding to deliver Memoir Workshops. So excited to help develop the voices of my local residents. Best of all-this will help with my dream to fund my first audio book. It's been a great week!
As I celebrate my 25th wedding anniversary today I am in awe that it's been a quarter of a century. Through thick and thin, not-quite-rich and very much poor, good and bad health, every kind of hairstyle and haircolour. We're still here!!! Happy 25th anniversary Fikret. Bring on another 25. #wedding #anniversary #memories #memories
I am so teary-eyed to see that I am featured on this list of 8 Incredible Melbourne-Based Writers To Read On International Women’s Day by Secret Melbourne with amazing authors like Helen Garner, Alice Pung, Maxine Beneba-Clarke.
Just in complete awe to be considered with such amazing company. Thank you so much. It's made my day!!!!
My latest article on SBS Voices about the reality of being married for 25 years. Whew, where has the time gone!!!
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