Research junkie

I teach creative writing (at the Australian Writers’ Centre) and my students write across very wide-ranging topics. Part of my job, as I see it, is to challenge them on aspects of their work which don’t quite meet reality (or a coherent version thereof). It might be simple, like dates

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On learning from my students

Over the past couple of weeks, since The Soldier’s Wife came out, various students of mine have reviewed it. It’s an odd sensation. These are my workshopping students. Over months – sometimes years – I have taken their work apart and put it back together again. Complimented them, advised them,

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UK publication day!

So happy to tell my British readers that The Soldier’s Wife is now out in the UK – in ebook form at the moment, but the hard copy will be coming in October. At the moment, you can buy it here: Amazon UK iBooks Kobo Nook

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iBooks and me

Very glad to be able to share a link to the iBooks Best Books of the Month, on which you will find…. yes, The Soldier’s Wife. It’s a great compliment to the book, and the editorial comments on it made me immediately drag everyone in the house to have a

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To my 12-year-old self

When I was twelve, I decided I wanted to be a writer. I’m not sure, to tell you the truth, whether I wanted to write. I just wanted to be a writer.  I certainly didn’t do any writing when I was a kid, since I went to school in those

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