THE SISTERS' SONG is OUT NOW from Allen and Unwin. Sign up to my newsletter.
On Not Giving Up

On Not Giving Up

This post could also be called On Failure, or On Working Hard, or On Learning Life’s Lessons the Hard Way. When I was young, I spent most of each summer in our above-ground pool, swimming and jumping and tumbling and doing laps of its 20-foot length. I...
For Fathers’ Day

For Fathers’ Day

I wrote this piece a couple of years’ ago. It’s some of my early writing so please forgive the errors and simplicity! It was one of the first pieces I wrote in my own ‘voice’ and was published in the OOTA anthology, ‘Jukebox’,...
(Un)Happy Mothers’ Day

(Un)Happy Mothers’ Day

What do you do when you dread ‘Mothers’ Day’ coming around each year? When those words cause your insides to shrivel because all they do is remind you of the Mothers’ Days of your childhood, when you hid in your bedroom, while your mother stood...
Why I Chose to Be Motherless—Part 6

Why I Chose to Be Motherless—Part 6

This is the final instalment in this series. The first post, which is about my childhood, can be found here. You can click the links at the end of each post to follow the series to here. It seems that September is my month for writing about the...