This page includes links to pdf files of some of my work from the last few years. Collected below are short stories, poems, essays, and links to the odd review (all other reviews can be found on the Reviews page). Absolutely no copying or stealing, and if you like it, please say so.
I started taking on freelance editing work, which so far has included formatting a PhD and a Master thesis, doing line-edits for a YA fantasy novel, beta-reading a short story and novella collection, beta-reading and line-editing a short fantasy story, and the usual cycle of essays, reports and resumes from my student friends
The Big Issue
I’ve written and published two book reviews for The Big Issue this year, one of Tony Birch’s Common People and one of Two Steps Forward, by Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist
30 Stories in 30 Days
A challenge I set myself in June last year, completed again this year but not published on my blog. I ran into some problems after the 2016 challenge when I wanted to send out the edited short stories for competitions and publication – as they are on my blog they are considered published and thus unsuitable for most competitions or publication in a journal or magazine.
Australian Women Writers Challenge 2017
I was also featured in the General Fiction Round-up for my review of Heather Taylor Johnson’s recently released novel Jean Harley Was Here, and for Julie Koh’s short story collection Portable Curiosities.
Australian Women Writers Challenge 2016
30 Stories in 30 Days
A challenge I created and completed in June 2016: to write a story every day in June. I completed the challenge, and the thirty stories can be found on my blog.
My poem, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Hairbrush, was published in issue #103 of Voiceworks magazine, a digital copy of which can be found here: Voiceworks-103-Bang (my poem is on page 33).
Me reading Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Hairbrush at the Voiceworks issue #103 launch
My attempt at a sestina poem, inspired by Jackie French’s A Waltz for Matilda
A poem full of anger.
A small love poem.
This is the year I wrote my Honours thesis, an excerpt of which I will post up soon.
I wrote an essay comparing different versions of the Beauty and the Beast fable from different times and countries. I have always been interested in fables, legends, folk-tales and mythology, and I was really able to explore that interest in this essay.
I also wrote an essay discussing and defining the practice of chivalry within the Arthurian cycle of stories, another foray into my interest in mythology
I wrote an essay for the class ‘Adapting Austen’ for the Cambridge International Summer School in 2012. The class examined different on-screen adaptations of Jane Austen’s novels, and in the essay I compare one scene depicted in three different versions of Pride and Prejudice.
I also wrote an essay entitled Power and Wonder in The Tempest for the Cambridge International Summer school program, this time for the class dedicated to Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
A History of Tea
This story can be found on Smashwords. It is a series of vignettes, part creative non-fiction, part fiction, following the themes of social ritual lived by a girl growing up in rural Western Australia.
A review of Alice Walker’s essay Am I Blue?
An essay that compares the representation of the hero’s journey as set out in Joseph Campbell’s monomyth structure across two different movies.
A series – wait for it – of four tanka poems. More evidence of my interest in mythology, particularly Greek and Roman.
A short story inspired by Isabel Allende’s Daughter of Fortune, a novel I will always cherish because it introduced me to the genre of magic realism and the beauty of Allende’s lyrical language. This short story appears in the 2010 Community Writing class anthology Writing on the WAll.