Resume

Qualifications:

  • 2001-Present        Freelance Writer
  • 2011-Present        Tutor, Creative Writing (CECC and Camp Creative, Bellingen)
  • 2001                      MA Professional Writing (UTS)
  • 1990                      Graduate Diploma Social Ecology(UWS)
  • 1988-1993            Principle, Libby Sommer Productions Pty Ltd
  • 1977-1988            Assistant Producer, Dramas and Documentaries (ABC TV)

Awards:

  • My Year With Sammy, winner Society of Women Writer's Fiction Book Award 2016
  • The Foreign Speaker novel-in-progress made Final Shortlist of Varuna Residential Fellowship 2016
  • My Year With Sammy, one of six shortlisted manuscripts in Seizure's Viva La Novella Competition 2015
  • My Year With Sammy, longlisted for the Mslexia Memoir Competition in the UK in 2014
  • It's Pot Luck When You Live In A Unit, winning entry in the UTS Alumni Short Story Competition 2014
  • Morning Storm, Outstanding Essay Certificate, Black Dog Institute 2008
  • Joint winner Waverley Council Haiku Contest January 2007
  • The Usual Story (novel), Emerging Writers Grant for New Work, Literature Board, Australia Council, October 2006
  • The Usual Story (novel) short-listed for Varuna/Harper Collins Award for Manuscript Development, February 2005
  • The Usual Story (novel), Emerging Writers Grant for New Work, Literature Board, Australia Council, October 2004
  • Stories from Bondi (novel) short-shortlisted for Varuna/Harper Collins Award for Manuscript Development. February 2003    
  • Stories from Bondi (novel) developed as part of Varuna Emerging Writer’s Mentorship Program with Amanda Lohrey, (Australia Council) August 2000
  • Stories from Bondi (novel) shortlisted and highly commended for the DJ O’Hearn MemorialFellowshipWriter-in-ResidencyMelbourne University 2000
  • It’s All in the Rhythm (story) shortlisted CanberraNatShortStoryAwards 1999
  • Bronte Café (poem) shortlisted Waverley Council Shifting Sands Comp 1998