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            Principal, Libby Sommer Productions Pty Ltd
  • 1977-1988            Assistant Producer, Dramas and Documentaries (ABC TV)

Awards:

  • The Ladder and Its Dangers longlisted for the 2019 joanne burns Microlit Award. Available for inclusion in a range of multi-platform activities organised by Spineless Wonders including #storybombingNWF20, podcasts, live performance and the Microflix Awards. 
  • In the Mall (microlit) selected as an entry in the Microflix Writers Awards available to be chosen by filmmakers for adaptation to a short film for the 2019 Microflix Awards. On the theme of SOUND it is available to view on the Microflix SOUND extracts page on the website of Australian short story publisher, Spineless Wonders.
  • Lost in Cooper Park (novel) notable entry Disquiet Literary Contest 2018
  • Lost In Cooper Park (novel) notable entry Seizure's Viva La Novella Competition 2018
  • My Year With Sammy, (novella) 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, (novella) one of six shortlisted manuscripts in Seizure's Viva La Novella Competition 2015
  • My Year With Sammy, (novella) longlisted for the Mslexia Memoir Competition in the UK in 2014
  • It's Pot Luck When You Move Into A Unit, winning entry in the UTS Alumni Short 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