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Hello there, and thanks for dropping by.

I’m a writer of Australian fiction, author of ten novels – Black Diamonds, This Red Earth, The Blue MilePaper DaisiesWild Chicory, Jewel Sea, Lady Bird & The Fox, Sunshine, Walking and Her Last Words – tales of passion and politics, history and all kinds of identity-questing, of ordinary people living through extraordinary times in the land I call home. Find out more about my books here and the nice things people have said about them here.

My eleventh novel, The Truth & Addy Loest, will be published in February 2021, and I’m presently working on another. I’m always working on another novel, and occasionally a short story, one of which, ‘Messerschmitt’, appears in the Hope Prize anthology here.

When I’m not writing, I’m reading. In real life I’m a book editor, better known on that side of the page as Kim Swivel, and I regularly review for The Newtown Review of Books, too. Just can’t get me enough narrative action – except when I’m painting pictures of wildflowers to still this busy brain. 

Raised in Sydney in a house that was humble but for its library and dinner-table debating style, I was always going to do wordy type things myself, and do them my own way. Home today is Central West New South Wales, where I am daily grateful to share a small slice of rolling green-and-gold Wiradjuri country with my muse de bloke, Deano, two cats and some chickens, and occasionally the kids when they come home to graze.

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