About

I am a freelance writer and editor with a background in psychotherapy, publishing and higher education. I have a PhD in psychology and literature from The University of London, where for a while I lectured in the English Department. My first book, a study of nineteenth-century novels arising from my PhD, was Never Marry a Girl With a Dead Father. Over time I’ve developed an interest in family life, emotional wellbeing, the domestic arts and social issues. For two years I edited the magazine Tasmanian Style and my journalism has appeared in Fiction Magazine (UK), The Age, Inside Story, Tasmanian Life, Online Forum and 40 Degrees South. My second book, based on forty biographical interviews, For the Love of Food: stories and recipes from extraordinary Tasmanians, came out in 2014. A Slow Childhood: stories and hints from family life is a memoir that comes out in 2016. Now living in Hobart, I have lived in Adelaide, London and Melbourne. My current project, Domestic Ambitions, is inspired by fifty interviews, and seeks to understand the value that we put on home life.