After years of performing at schools and helping kids wrote poems, I figured it was about time I brought out a book of poems (spells) for kids. It is very important to note that this is DEFINITELY, positively not a book of spells, because magic isn’t real, obviously. This is a book of poems (spells) about very important things like zombies and rapping grandmas and cephalopods.
It’s out now via Odyssey Books, and as always if you buy it direct through my website here I can sign it and write an inscription (spell) or whatever you like.
Holly Eastwood has provided some excellent illustrations and I feel very fortunate to have worked with her.
I am tremendously honoured to have a story published in the 80th anniversary issue of Southerly Journal. My strange, darkly comic story ‘Progeny’ appears alongside the work of marvellous writers like Tug Dumbly, Stuart Barnes, Grace Yee, and Mandy Sayer.
Congratulations to the Southerly team on successfully reaching octogenarian status!
We’re very excited to be bringing you season 2 of Six Cold Feet at long last! I’ll be appearing at the ABC’s Ozpod conference in Melbourne on the 3rd of October, and we’re holding our launch party the following week at the Bearded Lady in Brisbane. The launch will feature the musicians who wrote the incredible songs for season 2 (which we’ll also be releasing as an EP), including a rare performance from reclusive rockstar and star of season 2, Juliet Knives. I’ll also do a short spoken word set and some general yelling at the crowd.
We’ll be recording the event and using the audio in future episodes, so meta! In the words of Juliet Knives: “Let’s get weird together.”
One of the things that brings me great joy is that some of my favourite artists are also some of my closest friends. And I’m incredibly pleased to announce that I’ve recently been part of a truly wonderful new work called INTER, made in collaboration with Liesel Zink (an amazing choreographer); Mike Willmett (an incredible musician, who I previously worked with in Poetry is Dead); and Erica Field (a phenomenal actor, and, although it’s not directly relevant, one of the groom’s party at my wedding in a few weeks’ time).
In addition to working with these wonderful humans, I’ve also been introduced to the luminary talents of the dancers Michael Smith, Amelia Stokes, and Lauren Carr, as well as Jason Glenwright’s superb lighting design.
Writing can be a very solitary activity, so I’m very grateful and excited to be part of such a multi-faceted team. I’ve always said that Art and Science should be lovers, we should see them sharing the stage more often. I believe that the artistic, eloquent expression of scientific discovery combines the two highest accomplishments of human civilisation. I read a stack of obscure and fascinating scientific research to compose the text for this show, and while I’m immensely proud of what I came up with, I’m far more excited by the work as a whole.
The show will run from August 21-26th at Flowstate, South Bank. Tickets are 100% Freebird.
Two years ago I went to the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival and it was one of my all time favourite events. I’m very excited to be heading back down south this June to spend some time with a slew of wonderful people. I’ll be at these things if you want to chat and/or throw tomatoes. The program is really incredible, check out the full schedule here.
Thursday 7th June 6pm
Author talk at Coffs Harbor Library
Saturday 9th June 12pm
Poetry: In Just a few Words
with Johanna Featherstone, Lorna Munro and Craig Nelson
Sunday 10th 4pm
Fiction: The Novel In A Time Of Digital
with Ute Schulenburg, Marieke Hardy & Jesse Blackadder
This post exists in order to announce 2 x exciting things!
Exciting thing the first:
I’ll be performing at one of the satellite events for the Commonwealth games on Thursday the 12th of April. Tales and Ales will feature some of my favourite humans, who also happen to be incredible performers and poets. This is a free event, so tell all your broke friends to show up.
Come along toTales and Alesto take in some of Queensland’s finest spoken word and hip hop.
Drop in to hearScott Wings, Anisa Nandaula, Hope One (Hot Brown Honey), The Architects of Sound, Borrowed Verse, Josh Donellanand more. Don’t miss the live slam and resident DJ spinning tracks between acts.
I’ll be heading to our nation’s capital to headbutt Tony Abbott perform and present at the Canberra Flash Fiction Fun Weekend. There will be a bunch of fantastic authors like Jackie French and Irma Gold presenting speeches and workshops. I’m especially excited about performing at the Tales After Dark event on Friday night.
Between the podcast, poetry, my big fat secret project, and trying to finish two novels I haven’t had a lot of time to write short stories, but I’m thrilled to announce that I have a story in this month’sAurealis.
It’s probably one of the weirdest and darkest things I’ve ever written, but I also made sure to have jokes about garden gnomes and dentists. Something for everyone! Especially people who like dark comedies set in the afterlife.
I’m also very excited to have my work appear alongside the inimitableJoanne Anderton.
We are very excited to share the first full episode of our series Six Cold Feet! In episode 1 we meet our narrator, River, and some of the curious inhabitants of the town of Ullara. River tells us about Harmony’s unusual past.
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