My work has been published in print and online. I’ve been a regular reviewer for Books+Publishing for many years and am a former Deputy Editor of gr (Good Reading) magazine. I’m a contributor with Inside History magazine, have reviewed for the Newtown Review of Books, Reader’s Digest non-fiction Encounters and Select Editions series and have written a range of features for Cherrie magazine.
List of recently published articles for Inside History:
Our Fair Ladies (the fight to save the Parramatta Female Factory)
Interview with Peter Rees about Anzac Girls
Interview with Mike Carlton about his book First Victory
Interview with Peter FitzSimons about his book on Ned Kelly
Interview with Stephen Dando-Collins about his book about Sir Henry Parkes
Interview with author Kim Scott
Interview with Richard Neville, Mitchell Librarian, State Library of New South Wales about the history/future of the Mitchell Library
Interviews with Shaun Micallef, Michael Caton about their appearances on Who Do You Think You Are? Interview with archaeologist/TV host Adam Ford of Who’s Been Sleeping in my House?
Interview with Dr Brendan Nelson of the Australian War Memorial
Interview with Dr Margo Beasley, City of Sydney Oral Historian
Interview with curator Dr Nigel Erskine of the Australian National Maritme Museum for article Shipwrecks, Rice and Rum about the East of India exhibition
Public Sydney: Soldier Settlement Fruit Sellers in Martin Place, Sydney
Public Sydney: Fairsea Ten Pound Poms
Interview with documentary photographer Mine Konakci about her exhibition A Convict in the Family at the Museum of Sydney
Various interviews about exhibitions curated by Sydney Living Museums including Public Sydney
Book reviews for Newtown Review of Books include: Five Days by Douglas Kennedy, The Hanging of Minnie Thwaites by Judith Rodriguez, The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness, All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld.
I was Deputy Editor of gr magazine during 2008. I was lucky enough to interview these writers about their most recent and earlier works for the magazine’s author profiles pages:
AL Kennedy (The Scottish Storyteller Made in Australia May 2008 issue) Scottish writer and stand-up comedienne Alison Kennedy won the Costa Book of the Year Award in 2007 for her shattering novel Day. A superb short story writer, she has a lovely, wry sense of humour which had me in stitches when we spoke on the phone. Hoping she comes back to perform in Australia some time.
Debra Adelaide (carpe diem June 2008 issue) Not surprisingly, the charming The Household Guide to Dying became an international bestseller in 2008. An earlier novel, Serpent Dust, an imagining of the arrival of the First Fleet and its interaction with the first Australians is a stunning read.
Andrew Davidson (Love Burns September 2008 issue) The release of Canadian Davidson’s debut The Gargoyle caused a literary storm. Davidson talked with me about the process of writing his first novel and his tendency to set fire to his work – yes I mean literally, with matches.
Marsha Mehran (Heartland October 2008 issue) Rosewater and Soda Bread, sequel to Pomegranate Soup continues the story of three Iranian sisters who emigrated to Ireland. Both novels are full of charm, humour, divine aromas and delicious recipes. The author spoke with me about her search for ‘home’.
Megan Abbott (Femme Fatale November 2008 issue) New Yorker and noir crime queen Megan Abbott loves her femmes fatales. Take a trip back to the world of screen noir and meet them in The Song is You, Die a Little and Queenpin.
These cover stories appeared in GR as follows:
Getting Recognised Article about the ABC Fiction Awards (April 2008). Unfortunately these awards no longer exist but I read four novels, three of which were entrants in the last round of the competition. Will Elliott won the 2008 comp with the creepy The Pilo Family Circus. The Crimes of Billy Fish by Sarah Hopkins was highly commended. It’s a gritty, moving story of a man trying to put the broken bits and pieces of his life back together. The Con by Jesse Pentecost takes us inside a Conservatorium of Music and 2007 winner Luck in the Greater West by Damian McDonald is a raw story of life in Sydney’s western suburbs.
Top Gun (July 2008 issue) Australian action writer David Rollins tells me about his latest novel Hard Rain and his career change from advertising copywriter to bestselling author.
grrrl power (August 2008 issue) Alison Goodman’s The Two Pearls of Wisdom won the Aurealis award for Best Fantasy Novel in 2008 and has been nominated as a notable book in the 2009 CBCA awards. Congratulations Alison! Looking forward to that sequel… Goodman’s earlier works, crime thriller Killing the Rabbit and Singing the Dogstar Blues are also on my list of favourites.
Miscellaneous articles for GR include:
Indigenous Literacy Day(September 2008 issue) Article about thisfundraisinginitiative which aims to address the huge gap between literacy levels amongst indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.
The Da Vinci Codex (December 2008 January 2009 issue) Article about the Codex Leicester, one of Leonardo Da Vinci’s amazing notebooks now owned by Bill and Melinda Gates.
I also compiled the monthly Book Trivia pages. It was great fun sourcing these often quirky snippets about books and reading.
Other profiles include: A Singular Passion: Tasmania’s Lark Distillery; Vine Times: The Dal Zotto family and their Italian-style wines (published in Generations: Family Business Australia Magazine) and articles written for Cherrie magazine 2009 to 2012:
Crossing the Line (interview with dress historian/curator at the State Library of New South Wales) about a Mardi Gras exhibition about the history of cross-dressing in Australia
Our Girls (interview with author/historian Dr Madeleine Hamilton about her book on the history of pinup girls in Australia
Reclaiming Taboos (article about the “C” word/other swear words featuring an interview with Professor Catharine Lumby)
Steam Powered (interview with chanteuse Sarah Ward about acting, women in comedy, and performing with Circus Oz)
Sporting Sheilas (women in sport, particularly football)
Equal Love (campaign for same-sex marriage in Australia)
Interview with Dr Rebecca Beirne about representation of lesbians in film
Queers on Film (article comparing diversity of US vs vanilla Australian TV)
Sappho in 9 Fragments (Interview with actress/scholar/playwright Jane Montgomery Griffiths)
Love sans frontières (interviews with same-sex couples whose stories were told in a Midsumma exhibition called Love Journeys about migrating to Australia on interdependent partnership visas)
Interview with Director of 21st Melbourne Queer Film Festival
Links are still being added.
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