October 18, 2017 in Events, Screenwriting, Storytelling

Undertow

I just saw “Undertow”, the short film I wrote, for the first time on Saturday at the Byron Bay Film Festival and …. I was really nervous. The contrast between writing a screenplay and writing a novel couldn’t be more heightened when it comes to seeing your finished work for the first time: in a crowded cinema, instead of the privacy of my study, and … it was amazing! The film is gripping, beautiful, and moving. US audiences think so too, with the film winning loads of prizes, including Best Narrative, Best Drama, Best Actor, Best Director, and Best DOP…

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July 2, 2017 in Events, Storytelling, Workshops

Heroic Storytelling

When I was ten, my class spent a year learning about the Vikings. I nominated myself to be the village Bard and wrote my first novel, ‘The Greatest Honour of All’, about a young Viking girl who is killed in heroic battle and given a chieftain’s burial in a ship set on fire and pushed out to sea. It started strongly, but became stuck in the middle– now I realise I was having the usual problems with the notoriously difficult second act – and then jumped abruptly to my big ending where the burning ship holding the corpse of my heroine was…

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May 14, 2017 in Life

Thumbs up to Mary – and Lilith

Mothers Day is complicated for me, because my son is non verbal, and has severe autism, and so a special occasion without presents for him, or cake, or a party, would have no meaning in his world. I’m very happy to make these things happen on days like Christmas, or his birthday, but not for myself. That would heighten the sense of the absurd that already hangs about ‘mothers day’ for me like the faint whiff of a chemical air freshener that I can’t quite separate from the perfume of fresh flowers. It’s manufactured to a certain extent, and then, on the other…

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My Books

In The Mood

It’s February 1946, and Robert Booker is just home from the war. Home is a pretty weatherboard house in Sydney, where his wife, Catherine, is waiting. They haven’t seen each for three years, yet they are separated by so much more than time.
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The Cleanskin

An intelligent thriller filled with human drama, reminiscent of William Boyd’s Restless. From the dark heart of The Troubles, The Cleanskin is a story of intense human relationships with a cast of flawed and entirely believable characters.
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