A year ago last week, we wrapped our Faber Academy course. To mark the occasion, the wonderful folk at Allen & Unwin organised an alumni event for the various intakes to spur us on.It was wonderful to see my old classmates, and hear how people were progressing with their masterpieces. Both tutors, James Bradley (my […]

Message in a bottle

I wish I could bottle the feeling I have right now, but instead I’m going to blog it, so one day, down the track, I can look back at this post and remind myself that hard work pays off, and you have to stay in the game if you want to win. My husband has […]

Greatest hits

So it’s Tuesday. Which means we launch our Faber Academy Anthology tonight. Is it the end of an era or the start of something new? Maybe both. I didn’t want to let the occasion pass without sharing some tips from the year. Hearing the right piece of advice at the right time can be as […]


I like to think I’m someone who appreciates that some of the opportunities in my life derive directly from being in the right place at the right time. I was born in a first world country, a largely peaceful country, and I never faced barriers to my education. I was a voracious reader, and I […]


530 words so far today, and I feel like there’s more to come. Last night, when I headed off to the Faber Academy, I’d already crossed the road before I realised I was still wearing my slippers. I circled back, changed my shoes, then took the wrong road to the bus stop. And I know […]