Author of the Highly Commended memoir
Crocodiles and Kaleko: Dangers and Designer Clothes in the Solomon Islands
I am a writer who lives in Canberra, Australia.
My short story 'An Unpredictable Land' was published in the 2015 Stringybark anthology, ‘Non Posso’.
‘Crocodiles and Kaleko’ is my first full-length book: a memoir of two confusing but inspiring years, when I worked for the Australian Government in the Solomon Islands. At first I was intimidated by the heat, barbed wire and security guards. . . until I discovered the benefits of island life. Living in Honiara may not have been easy, but it was rich with friends and community, not to mention designer clothes! The warmth and optimism of the Solomon Islands people taught me so much that I had to share my adventures (and misadventures) with others.
NEWS and EVENTS
Official launch of 'Crocodiles and Kaleko'
'Crocodiles and Kaleko' was successfully launched at Paperchain Bookstore, Manuka on 10 May 2018.
Thanks to all who came to celebrate and to James Batley, Distinguished Policy Fellow at the Department of Pacific Affairs, Australian National University for his glowing commendation of the book, and most of all the 'dream team' - Bobby Graham and Elise Knotek - for the beautiful production.
Author talks and signings
After the launch, 2018 was a great year for talks and signings, starting with the book fair at Gorman House's 'Autumn Revel', two stimulating talks at the Uniting Church, a morning with book lovers at Harry Hartog bookshop and culminating in a very enjoyable author talk at Dickson Library.
I loved chatting with so many readers about life in Honiara. Special thanks to ACT Libraries for supporting local authors and to all those who bought Crocodiles and Kaleko!
Writers Festivals- Byron, Ubud
Both the Byron Bay and Ubud Writers and Readers festivals were special opportunities to hear other authors discuss their craft. I am eternally grateful to the Monthly Magazine for my attendance at Ubud, to mingle with and listen to Australian and international authors. So inspiring!