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 Waiheke Island in the Hauraki Gulf of New Zealand.

Now I live in Melbourne, and in a beach shack on Waiheke  for some of the year.

I teach creative writing at La Trobe University a few days a week, and run writing workshops at schools, libraries, community organisations and festivals.

Here’s my official-sounding biography.

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

In my spare time I write, research, read, walk, sit about staring at nothing, and do an awful lot of gardening and cooking. Not necessarily in that order.

Contacts & resources

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.




Header photo: Joel Dietle (stock.xchng)

8 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. 🌺

    • Hi – that’s a big question. I am constantly inspired by travel experiences. A trip many years ago to Venice inspired the book Act of Faith, and Istanbul inspired its sequel, The Sultan’s Eyes. Everywhere I go, I seem to gather story ideas – places far and near. Last month I was in Berlin and Prague and now have a notebook filled with jottings and the beginnings of new stories. I am equally inspired by tiny gold rush towns in my home state, or the high country rivers, or crumbling city buildings. The world is so fascinating.

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