Newcastle Short Story Award

I’ve been shortlisted for the 2018 Newcastle Short Story Award. My story Red Belly will be published in the award anthology later in the year.

If you want to know something funny, a few days before I found out I was a finalist, I filed a magazine story on art prizes and the role they play in the art world. The basic point was not to take them too seriously, but I’m still going to take Michael Zavros’ advice to NAVA members to heart:

Peer assessment is really valuable in my opinion. Prizes where the work is considered by a curator or guest judge for pre-selection before the final means that a) someone has actually seen it and b) thought it worthy or interesting.

So my sincerest thanks to the Hunter Writers Centre and judge Ryan O’Neill.

Summer good times


When I was editing Art Collector magazine, the January issue always meant crazy times. So many stories and pic requests and photo shoots and balls in the air.

This year, as a freelancer, I have to say I loved working on the special summer issue and it was an absolute pleasure to contribute pieces on Kushana Bush, Monica Rohan, Yhonnie Scarce, Deb Mansfield and Noel McKenna.

And, of course, I love the Patricia Piccinini cover! I can’t wait to get Brisbane to see Curious Affection.

I’ve been a regular contributor to the Australian Financial Review’s weekly Saleroom page since May last year, but I’ll be taking a bit of a break as I get ready for another baby. Hopefully I’ll be back down the track.

I recently finished up with Art Collector to focus on freelance art writing. Life has been busy. I had a news piece published in the Australian Financial Review and in August I travelled to Melbourne to report on the Melbourne Art Fair and Spring 1883 for Artnet.

While I was at the Melbourne Art Fair I also had the chance to interview artists Karl Wiebke and Richard Lewer for Art Collector’s YouTube channel.

I’m now working on a number of pieces for Australian and international publications that will be out soon.