About me

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Photo: Rebecca Michaels

I grew up on the edge of Melbourne, Australia, lived in Sydney for a while, and later on an island in the Hauraki Gulf of New Zealand.

Now I live in an old cottage  called Thelma in Melbourne, and in a beach shack on Waiheke Island for some of the year.

I work part-time for the State Library of Victoria, and on the other days I teach writing at La Trobe University. In my spare time I write, read, ride my bike then have to lie down, sit about staring at nothing, and do an awful lot of gardening and cooking. Not necessarily in that order.

I have a BA in Professional Writing and Editing, a Master of Arts (Literature) and a PhD in English (Creative Writing).


Book a talk, school visit or appearance (via Booked Out)

Contact my agent (Jacinta Di Mase)

Read my answers to some questions people often ask me

Read some recent interviews and media

Here’s the official-sounding biography



Header photo: Joel Dietle (stock.xchng)

6 thoughts on “About me

  1. I have just finished reading your book.. Thoroughly enjoyed it. LIke the history and intrigue.
    Thank you for a good read, Maggie Bessen, Mypolonga SAust.

    • hey my name is chaeanne knight and I’m a sixteen year old girl and I loved your book act of faith it really inspired and I was just wanna ask you some question for a task I’m doing at school

  2. Opera buff from beautiful downtown Albany … home alone, except for a wee dog (who loves being read to) … Goddess in two days (intervals for dog walking, of course, and I DID need to sleep, eat, sing etc) … and I have decided that without any effort whatsoever, on my part, this book is going to be remembered … even when I’m old and grey. Added to which … you have a cottage called Thelma. 🌺

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