Anzackery & Me

Anzackery & Me Military mythology has coloured Australia’s perception of itself since the Rum Corps arrested Governor Bligh and pushed him out to sea in 1809. We settlers like to think we’re a bunch of rowdy top blokes, mates standing shoulder to shoulder against tyranny, gathering at the bar afterwards to slap each other on […]

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Rats, Lovely Rats

Rats, Lovely Rats I can’t think of the Irish diaspora without thinking of rats – rats scurrying onto ships, scurrying over each other to get away from the places and people that had rendered their lives worthless. Economic migrants, to be sure. Colonists, undoubtedly. But economic migration can be as much a matter of life […]

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GOOD KIDNEY FRIEND

GOOD KIDNEY FRIEND It’s almost seven years since the Kidney Magicians at Westmead Hospital in Sydney took one of my kidneys and transplanted it into my beloved Deano, a plump little bean-shaped bloom. The morning after the deed was done, I was able to shuffle into his room and even through the blear of pain […]

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The long and winding writing road… Today is an exciting day in my writing life. It’s also a little bittersweet. All of my independently published novels – eleven of them – have been removed from sale in Australia and New Zealand to make way for beautiful new Brio Books editions from Booktopia. My books will […]

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Truth is not a destination – it’s a magical ride

The truths and lies we tell ourselves can and do shape our lives. You’re ugly. You’re stupid. You’re worthless. These are the lies that devastate us, worming their way into our hearts, especially when we’re young or feeling down and vulnerable. Truth is a trickier, more colourful fish, though. What exactly is the truth of […]

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TRUE STORY Dedicated authors of fiction are story whores. We’re all questing fools who search for truths like gold-hunters scanning tracts of sand with make-believe metal-detectors. Once a truth is glimpsed, we pounce on it, pocket it and then shape it to fit into our dreams and schemes. It’s this kind of fossicking and finding […]

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