Inaugural Colleen McCullough Writer’s Residency close to home.

Over the weekend I was honoured to present the inaugural Colleen McCullough Writer’s Residency. The award formed a part of the Historical Novel Society of Australasia conference which was held at the University of Western Sydney, Parramatta. The residency is named for Ms McCullough - who died in 2015. Her most well-known novel, The Thorn [...]

By | October 29th, 2019|A WRITERS LIFE, Industry Info, Literacy, Travel|0 Comments

Wild Lands sold into Russia & the Ukraine.

NEWS FLASH - AUGUST 2019 Wild Lands has been sold into Russia with the translated work due for publication within the next 18 months. Thankyou to Ukraine based publisher, Hemiro who publishes titles in both Ukrainian and Russian. 'Kate is a modern day feminist… in a wild land. An epic novel.’ -The Big Book Club

By | August 12th, 2019|A WRITERS LIFE, Industry Info|0 Comments

Writer’s Festivals

It's been a busy few months with the release of my eighth novel, An Uncommon Woman. A tour of the western Downs region of Queensland was a great week allowing me to see more of our wonderful countryside, catch up with relatives - there are a lot of Alexander's over the border from NSW, and [...]

By | November 30th, 2017|A WRITERS LIFE, Industry Info, Travel|0 Comments

Who’s big in agriculture in Australia & where’d they get the $ to buy?

The big three in agriculture have had an impressive year. Mining and property is clearly where the money is when it comes to investing those spare shingles and diversifying into beef. The big story of the year on the purchasing front was of course, the doyenne of mining, Gina Rinehart, who, thanks to a solid [...]

Is this agriculture’s golden time?

Is this the golden era for Australian agriculture? That depends on where your business is located, what you produce and taking a short-term view, how well your commodities withstood this summer’s hot temperatures. Of course farming is a long-term game with history pointing to more downward fluctuations than up. However there are standout periods. Some [...]

By | March 13th, 2017|Australian pastoral history, Industry Info|0 Comments

Everyone knows milk comes from the fridge.

I often find myself having discussions about food security. The availability and access to food is something taken for granted by many. We go to the supermarket or butcher and purchase our groceries with little thought that one day an item may not be available; that is until we reach for say the banana’s or [...]

By | January 11th, 2017|COUNTRY LIFE, Industry Info|0 Comments

Catherine Marriott: An influential woman

West Australian, Catherine Marriott heads  Influential Women an organisation committed to creating conversations that connect urban and rural populations by building confidence, capacity and skills in people. Catherine's ability to embrace change at all levels and her passion for the agricultural industry makes her one of Australia's inspiring women. Unafraid of tackling the 'red hot' subjects [...]

The Voice Of A Story: Point Of View.

Welcome to week three of Writing Fundamentals. For those of you who are new to the craft of writing, I really hope I’ve opened a window into this exciting world. For readers who are old hands perhaps you’ve been reminded of some technical aspects that may be worth considering in future works. During the last [...]

By | February 23rd, 2012|A WRITERS LIFE, Industry Info, Inspiration, Writing advice|0 Comments

The task of turning a raw manuscript into a published novel.

Editing is one of those processes that can be time-consuming, hair-pulling, enjoyable, go outside and put your head in a bucket of water or a mixture of all four. The editing of Absolution Creek (like the writing of it) has been stalled intermittantly once again by mother nature. With 130 pages to go this edit has been [...]

Australian Book Industry Awards

The Australian Book Industry Awards will be held in Sydney this wednesday 30th June. Here are some of the nominees from four of the categories. I haven't listed everyone (apologies) just a couple of my personal fav's. Personally I would love to see literary stalwart David Malouf win at least one award, although Peter Temple [...]

By | June 28th, 2010|Industry Info|0 Comments
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