Sip and Savour Historical Flavour

On the 8th November, I will be taking part in a Historical Novel Society of Australiasia panel event in Melbourne, along with fellow featured authors, Glenice Whitting and Alli Sinclair.

The panel, led by Robert Gott, will discuss stories of immigration - of migration to Australia and connections to the old country. Central to memories of the old country is feasting - sharing of food and drink evocative of the old country. In that vein, the panel discussion will be accompanied by beverage pairings - from Australia, Germany and Italy.

Tickets ($25.00) can be purchased from Trybooking:

Ticket price includes wine/beverage sample and cocktail supper.

Venue: Mail Exchange Hotel:
Function Rooms
688 Bourke St, Melbourne.
(corner of Bourke Street and Spencer Street, opposite Southern Cross Station).

Enter via the Bourke Street entrance, down the escalators, through the Bistro. Function rooms face onto Bourke Street.

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Public Lending Rights payment


It’s that time of the year when I receive notification of my yearly Public Lending Right payment. A small royalty rate for every book that is borrowed through libraries across Australia. Though very small, it accumulates. More importantly, it lets me know that my book is still popular.  Thank you, readers!


For those of you who have not read Finding Jasper or would like a copy, it can be purchased at Buy Now

Some years ago my local library was burnt to the ground and had to be relocated. I'm pleased to say that I will be giving a talk there on 2nd July. Look forward to seeing you there.

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Historical Novel Society of Australasia Conference 2015

Looking forward to meeting lots of interesting people at this Sydney conference. It kicks off tonight with a cocktail party at the State Library. There should be some lively discussion at a round table debate with Kelly Gardiner (Chair)Deborah ChallinorJesse BlackadderRachel Le Rossignol and Gillian Polack as they ponder the question: ‘What can historical novelists and historians learn from each other? 


Guest Speaker at the Town of Vincent Library & History Centre


I will be guest speaker at the Town of Vincent Library & History Centre. To hear more about the writing of Finding Jasper please come along and join me.

When: 10:00 AM, Wednesday 28 May to 11:00 AM, Wednesday 28 May 2014

Where: 99 Loftus Street, Leederville, Western Australia, 6007


Guest speaker at Society of Women Writers WA

I will be guest speaker at the Society of Women Writers WA on 18th March 2014. This will follow a General Monthly Meeting which will be held at 12.15 pm. 

Topic: Serendipity: PhD to Publication 

Venue:       Citiplace Community Centre, Perth Railway Station Concourse (above Platform 9)


for more details about SWWWA see