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The Blog

Gabbing About Podcasts at the Wheeler Centre

I was honoured to represent The Rereaders podcast in a convivial midday conversation at the Wheeler Centre on Tuesday 30 May, 2017, alongside visiting US critics Dana Stevens and Stephen Metcalf of Slate‘s Culture Gabfest.

In Conversation with Chris Kraus

I appeared in conversation with US-based writer and critic Chris Kraus (of I Love Dick fame) for The Wheeler Centre on Tuesday 23 May, 2017, discussing first-person feminism and the boundaries between life and art.

Cats, Casseroles and Controversy On Radio National

On Friday 19 May, 2017, I popped in to Radio National Drive for the ‘My Feed’ segment, discussing three social media topics: a Twitter cat in a sink; the difference between stews and casseroles; and Alex Tizon’s controversial essay ‘My Family’s Slave’.

Independent Publishing Conference 2016

I spoke at two discussion panels at the 2016 Independent Publishing Conference, a key professional development event for the publishing industry. The conference was held at the Wheeler Centre from 9-12 November, 2016.

Slinging Puns at the Wheeler Centre

I had a punderful time appearing in a comedy panel game show about puns at The Wheeler Centre, and hopefully proved myself wordy of this oppuntunity.

Talking Girls On Screen at ACMI

On Friday 14 October, 2016, I spoke on a Wheeler Centre panel at ACMI, titled YAS KWEEN: Girls on Screen, hosted by comedian Judith Lucy and featuring writers and performers Jessica Knight, Billie Tumarkin and Candy Bowers.

Talking High-Heeled Politics On Radio National

I recorded an episode of ABC Radio National Drive’s regular segment, ‘The Drawing Room’, about the politics of stilettos, alongside host Patricia Karvelas and the University of Melbourne’s Dr Catherine Kovesi.

Writing The Undead at Melbourne Writers Festival

At the 2016 Melbourne Writers Festival, I was pretty excited to be chairing a panel discussion with author Justin Cronin and showrunner Tony Ayres about how to write undead characters that transcend the familiar tropes of vampires and zombies.

Advising Emerging Writers at Narre Warren Library

The City of Casey, in Melbourne’s outer south-east, invited me to give a free talk at the Narre Warren Library at 1:30pm on Saturday 4 June, 2016. Addressed to emerging writers, my talk focused on how to get writing published.