About Me

My short story collection First fox was launched during the Auckland Writers Festival 2017. Illustrated by Rachel J. Fenton and produced by award-winning UK publisher The Emma Press, reviewers have called the collection “Gorgeously surreal short fiction,” and “A thoroughly recommended read.” There’s more on First fox here.

My stories have appeared in a number of journals including Headland, Numéro CinqLitro and Ika, and have been placed in numerous competitions including the Sunday Star-Times Short Story competition and the National Flash Fiction Day Contest.

I co-presented “The ‘V’ Word – Voice in the NZ Short Story” at the 14th International Conference on the Short Story in English, held in Shanghai in 2016 – where one of my stories was published in Chinese.

I have a series of readings on YouTube and SlideShare, and my flash fiction street art – PinUps – has popped up from Sweden to the USA and Tanzania.

I won the Lilian Ida Smith Award in 2009 and hold a Master of Creative Writing (First Class Honours). See my SlideShare presentation Literary Benefits of Linguistic and Cultural Hybridity for an overview.

My favourite authors include Grace Paley, Lucia Berlin and Katherine Mansfield.

Other loves are opera and beer.