I am an emerging writer and recently completed a PhD in creative writing at Flinders University. I am fascinated by the relationship between the body and the self, the depths of the unconscious, and how we construct visions of ourselves and the world. In my work, these themes emerge through the creepy, the numinous and the mystical, with ghosts and dead things and that which bumps in the night. I am also a wandering adventurer and amateur photographer, and am interested in how place shapes our experience and identity.
My creative work has appeared in Wet Ink, Libertine, Indaily and is forthcoming in Verity La. I have reviewed for Heckler, Dirt and Candy, and Great Scott, and have published essays in Libertine. I am currently working on my first novel. To pay for the things that don’t pay, I teach English Literature and academic writing at Flinders University.
I am a co-director of The Hearth, a creative readings event in Adelaide which aims to platform exciting local voices in a space that nurtures creativity, conversation and ideas. I am also the host of Deviant Women, a podcast dedicated to uncovering the lives of women who dare to break the rules: thinkers, artists, adventurers writers.
The Hearth Collective
The Hearth is a creative readings event with a focus on bringing together creative readings with intelligent reflection on practice, followed by an audience Q&A style discussion. As a founding member, I am responsible for event management, publicity, digital media and social networking, contacting readers, liaising with venue staff and presenting, MCing and managing the event on the night.
Deviant Women is a fortnightly podcast that discussed a different ‘deviant’ woman from history, fiction, mythology and the contemporary world: those who aren’t afraid to break the rules, to subvert the system, to explore, to seek and to challenge the status quo.
Speakeasy is an undergraduate creative writing showcase with four events annually. As Director I encouraged student participation, mentored students with public speaking and editing and was responsible for event management and publicity.
My practice led research explores feminist revisionist approaches to overcoming gender binaries and subverting cultural myths of the feminine through a creative product and accompanying critical exegesis. My thesis considers my own work alongside Michèle Roberts, and examines revisionist approaches to Gothic space, feminine time, the body and cultural archetypes. I teach literary studies and creative writing in the School of English and Creative Writing, and academic and communication skills as an academic adviser with the Student Learning Centre at Flinders University.
Honours, Awards and Grants
2017 – Writer in Residence at Writers SA
2017 – Arts SA Independent Makers and Presenters Project Grant
2015 – Part Time Teaching Award, School of Humanities
2015 – Faculty Finalist, 3 Minute Thesis Competition
2014 – Flinders University Conference Travel Grant
2014 – University Finalist, 3 Minute Thesis Competition
2013 – Flinders University Field Trip Grant
2013 – Flinders University EHL Project Funding Grant
2012 – Flinders University Research Scholarship