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Critical reception

Posted on Jul 10, 2014
Critical reception

Lloyd Bradford Syke gave Like a Writing Desk 4½ stars in Crikey, describing the work as an ‘impeccable and evocative 40-odd minutes of audio theatre.’ Laura Jean McKay wrote an insightful piece for Broadsheet. On the whole, I couldn’t be happier with how Like a Writing Desk has been received. You can hear a conversation […]

One radioplay, three festivals

Posted on May 19, 2014
One radioplay, three festivals

It’s with UNABASHED EXCITEMENT that I announce this: Like a Writing Desk has made the official selection for both the Prix Marulić in Croatia and the Prix Italia in – you guessed it – Italy.   Prix Marulić 2014 18th International Festival of Radio Plays and Documentary Radio Dramas Like a Writing Desk will be featured today, Monday […]

Going Gaga

Posted on Feb 10, 2014
Going Gaga

In an effort to make this section more up-to-date, here’s a reminder of Avant Gaga #9, the experimental poetry event I’ll be reading at this coming Tuesday. The night will feature a rollcall of great Australian/Sydney poets/writers — however you might variously classify Ross Gibson, Astrid Lorange and Pam Brown (replacing Justin Clemens). I’ll be reading new material from False Nostalgia, a […]

Avant Gaga #9

Posted on Jan 28, 2014
Avant Gaga #9

I’m positively humbled by the line-up for Avant Gaga #9, the first Sappho poetry night of the year: Justin Clemens, Ross Gibson, Astrid Lorange and yours truly. I’ll be reading from False Nostalgia – what I’ve been referring to broadly as my memory project. It combines poetry and essay to create a range of hybrid […]

Crowing in the new year

Posted on Jan 23, 2014
Crowing in the new year

After not a little while in limbo, my radio work Like a Writing Desk will be going to air in May. We recorded the actors — including Marcus Graham, Zoe Carides, Mitchell Butel and Rupert Rattenbury the Long-billed Corella — last October and November, and Jane and Russell have been busy pulling it all together […]

To the Mountains

Posted on Apr 1, 2013
To the Mountains

I was thinking about the Blue Mountains when I wrote ‘Mountainousness’, which was shortlisted for the Judith Wright Poetry Prize 2011 and featured in Overland’s Emerging Poets Series last year. It’s a piece from ‘Anamnesis’, a poetry and poetics project about memory and how we tell stories about ourselves. Today I’m headed up the mountains […]

Mall Stories

Posted on Mar 21, 2013
Mall Stories

I’ve got a piece in Mall Stories, an audio tour of Canberra which is running as part of the You Are Here festival until 24 March. As curator Julian Fleetwood says: “This is not a conventional walking tour. In the course of this tour you will hear a range of stories. Some of them will […]

Quoth the raven

Posted on Jan 24, 2013
Quoth the raven

My essay in The Lifted Brow on corvid intelligence (the brains of crows and ravens) can now be read online. Taking its name from the Mad Hatter’s riddle in Alice in Wonderland, “Why is a Raven Like a Writing Desk?” considers what it means if New Caledonian crows use tools, whether this makes them the […]

Varuna Retreat

Posted on Oct 8, 2012
Varuna Retreat

I’m excited to be the recipient of Varuna’s Dorothy Hewett Flagship Fellowship for 2013. It means I’ll be spending three weeks [next April] holed up in The Writers’ House, which is a kind of Downton Abbey in the Blue Mountains, working on my project, ‘Anamnesis’. Varuna, The Writers’ House is a property in Katoomba, NSW, […]

Getting Critical

Posted on Sep 25, 2012
Getting Critical

It’s that time of year again. This weekend heralds the annual disarray that is TINA, or This Is Not Art, comprising Critical Animals, the National Young Writers’ Festival and Crack Theatre Festival. If you live within 300km of Newcastle, you’d be a fool not to be there. As an ex-Director of Critical Animals, I’m chuffed […]