Big news! My book ‘The Eulogy’ has found a home

My book has found a home. Hardie Grant Books has acquired the world rights (ex US) for my autofiction novel The Eulogy, set to launch on 1 June 2022. It has been a long journey for this book, the one I really felt I had to write. I enrolled in a creative writing PhD...

Roanna Gonsalves is going to school me

The saying goes when you are a writer that you have to clock up 200 rejections before you can start expecting any acceptances. I have well and truly paid my dues to the literary gods, and this year I was accepted into the Writing NSW emerging writers mentorship...

Ever wonder what kids think about death?

People tend to be scared of talking about death. The Parting podcast is a series of discussions and stories, made and hosted by a group of brave, smart, funny and daring young people of Wollongong. I got to participate in one of the discussions and I learned a lot....
Report calls for shake-up of NSW funeral industry

Report calls for shake-up of NSW funeral industry

A recently released statutory review calls for a shake-up of the funeral industry in NSW. The report calls for significant changes to the funeral industry (note that the report is dated Aug 2020 but was withheld until recently). Last Friday SMH published an...

Dr Roanna Gonsalves to mentor me

I just found out that I have been accepted into the Writing NSW Mentoring program for emerging writers from diverse backgrounds. This means I, along with five other writers, will be mentored by Dr Roanna Gonsalves and will receive $1,000 to help us spend time on what...

My first funeral

I conducted my first funeral this week. Conducted? Officiated? Celebrated? None of those verbs quite fit what it felt like, which was more in the realm of Journeyed, or Travelled With. It was almost the end of the working day when the phone rang. I contemplated not...