Best Summer Stories

In the tradition of Best Australian Stories, comes a new anthology series from Black Inc. I’m delighted to be included in its sun-soaked debut volume:

“Summer is the time for good stories. This lively new collection from Black Inc. draws together new and published short fiction from some of our country’s most talented storytellers, showcasing the vibrancy and diversity of Australian short fiction. Each of these memorable tales will stay with you long after reading – and the collection as a whole makes the perfect holiday gift. Whether you’re by the pool, on the beach or lazing in the park, spend your summer with Australia’s best writers.”

Available now in paperback and ebook.

ABR Reader Survey 2018

The results of ABR's Online Readers' Survey are in, and I couldn't be more honoured or overwhelmed to learn that I've been voted the magazine's favourite contributor. My deepest thanks to the readers of ABR. Writing for you is a privilege, a passion and, well... the best damn job I've ever had.

Elizabeth Jolley Prize

On August 20th, Madelaine Lucas was announced as the winner of the 2018 Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize for Ruins. As one of this years' judges, I’m so proud to have been involved in helping this remarkable story find its audience.

On Ruins, we reflected: "Sensual, tactile and full of quiet fire, “Ruins” is a story bold and assured enough to take the questions that lurk in literature’s heart – questions of love, desire and choice – and ask them outright. As a mother and her newly adult daughter drive out to a ruined lighthouse, they slip back into old roles, but carry new secrets. Richly anchored in place, and alive to Australian history, this story speaks strongly to how women learn to inhabit themselves and the world. Timely and gorgeously evocative."

A hearty congratulations to all the Jolley Prize authors - our winners, commended and shortlist.

And deepest thanks to my fellow judges Patrick Allington and Michelle Cahill. It’s not often that you get the chance to have the kinds of conversations Michelle, Patrick and I had with such candour and depth.