This is a list of everything freelancy I’ve done so far. Will try to keep it up to date and give links in other parts of this site to the actual pieces. Really, this is just my brag page to remind myself that I am not as lazy as I think I am.
Features and essays
‘When the city stood still’, SummerAge, The Age, 5 Jan 2006.
‘Moral Hazards’ Australian Author, March 2006.
‘Gardening? Not in my backyard’, The Age, 1 April 2006.
‘The Fencing Lesson’, The Monthly, September 2006.
‘I’ll tell you all – except my name’, The Essay, in The Sydney Morning Herald Spectrum magazine, November 18, 2006.
‘Contra Mundum’, The Monthly, December 2006.
‘Wise Words from the Wide World’, SummerAge, The Age, 1 Jan 2007.
Feature about street-workers in The Guardian, UK, February 2007 (commissioned but not printed).
An age-old myth awakens’, The Age, 7 July 2007.
Feature about International Whores Day, RED magazine #18, August 2007
‘I Feel Sexiest When…’ New Woman, September 2007
‘How I write sex scenes…’ Time Out Sydney, November 2007
‘Sticky Business’, Review supplement, Weekend Australian, December 2007
‘Swept Away’, Sunday Life magazine, Sunday Age, January 2008
Feature on Drugs: A social history exhibition, The Age, May 2008
Interview and profile of Kathleen Stewart, Readings Bookshop newsletter, 2008
Feature on the Darnell costume collection exhibition, The Age, 2008
Feature on Euripides’ The Women of Troy, The Age, November 2008
‘What I’ve Learned about Love’, Cleo magazine, August 2009
‘Beat Up’, The Monthly, August 2009
‘To live for yourself’, Cleo magazine, September 2009
‘A forest lament’, The Age, September 2009
Piece on a Melbourne place, The Age (Melbourne) magazine, 2009
‘How I write’, Victorian Writers Centre newsletter, April 2010
‘Incunabula’, in The Family Affair, Sleepers Publishing, 2006.
‘Thornbinding’ in Falling from the Sky, Another Sky Publishing, USA, 2007.
‘The Guaia’, The Big Issue, January 2007.
‘Under Wraps’, in Thanks for the Mammaries, Penguin, 2009.
‘The Sightseers’, in Readings anniversary anthology, 2009.
Ghost Town: Tales of Manhattan Then and Now by Patrick McGrath; The Age, Jan 2006
Mother Missing by Joyce Carol Oates; The Age.
Vocational Girl by Rosa Mundi; The Sydney Morning Herald, October 2006.
The Scandal of the Season by Sophie Gee; The Sydney Morning Herald, June 2007.
Home School by Charles Webb; The Sydney Morning Herald, July 2007.
A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah; The Sun-Herald, July 2007
Wild by Jay Griffiths; The Age, July 2007, commissioned but not published
Lessons in Taxidermy by Bee Lavender; The Sun-Herald, July 2007
Satisfaction (television series), Green Guide, The Age, November 2007
The Porn Report by Catharine Lumby et al, Weekend Australian, March 2008
My Reading Life by Bob Carr, The Age, 2009
Heavy Allies by Wayne Grogan, The Age, 2009
Figurehead by Patrick Allington and Document Z by Andrew Croome, The Age, September 2009
Smoke in the Room by Emily Maguire, Australian Book Review, November 2009
Love Machine by Clinton Caward, Australian Book Review, April 2010
My Dirty Shiny Life by Lily Bragge, Australian Book Review, June 2010
Iran: My Grandfather by Ali Alizadeh, The Age, June 2010
Sex and Stravinsky by Barbara Trapido, The Age, August 2010
The Inconvenient Child by Sharyn Killens, Australian Book Review, August 2010
I Hate Martin Amis et al by Peter Barry, Australian Book Review, June 2011
Melbourne, by Sophie Cunningham, The Age, August 2011.
The Last Thread, by Michael Sala, Australian Book Review, February 2012
Our Kind of People: Thoughts on the HIV/AIDS epidemic, by Uzodinma Iweala, The Age, August 2012
A Place of Greater Safety, by Hilary Mantel, Weekend Australian, August 2012
The Memory of Salt, by Alice Melike Ulgezer, Weekend Australian, September 2012
(To date) 121 columns written for the A2, The Age, fortnightly since October 2005.
Foreword to anthology published by Visible Ink, RMIT, 2007.
Article about sculpture by Charles Robb, part of A Man’s World exhibition at Museum of Brisbane, August 2006.
Non-fiction memoir piece in Some Girls Do: My life as a teenager, edited Jacinta Tynan, Allen & Unwin, 2007.
Short play ‘Waiting It Out’ commissioned and performed as part of Melburnalia by White Whale theatre company, 2008.
‘Don Quixote in Shanghai’, a memoir piece in Griffith Review #30 Annual Fiction Edition, October 2010
Speaking and lecturing
Appearances at Melbourne Writers Festival (2005 and 2006); Como Writers Festival (2006); Canberra Writers Festival (2006); Wordpool, in Brisbane (2006); Byron Bay Writers Festival (2006); Brisbane Writers Festival (2006); Sydney Writers Festival (2007), Mornington Peninsular Writers Festival (2007), Williamstown Writers Festival (2008), Monash City Literature Festival (2008), Shepparton Festival (2008), Brimbank City Council Festival (2009).
Writer-in-Residence at Methodist Ladies College, Melbourne, July 2006.
Lecture on memoir and self-portraiture, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2006.
Library talks at Moonee Ponds (twice), Rowville (twice), East Melbourne (twice), Knox, Belgrave, St Kilda, Prahran, Torquay (twice), Endeavour Hills, Chelsea, Altona, Nunawading, Ringwood, Diamond Valley, Vermont South.
Readings and talks at bookshops in the USA: Book Soup in Los Angeles, Cody’s Books in San Francisco, Barnes & Noble in New York, 2007.
Talk to teenage girls at Alameda County Juvenile Detention Hall, California; talk to women at Odyssey House, Harlem, New York, 2007.
Talk to NAB/PricewaterhouseCoopers networking event, 2007; talk to Contio dinner, PwC, 2007.
Talk to Amnesty International chapter, July 2007.
Launch speech at National Overdose Day memorial event, July 2007
Seminar on writing sex at Mitchell Library for UTS, Sydney, November 2007
Talks at Women’s Fiction Festival, Matera, Italy; at University of Lecce, Italy, October 2007.
Talk to Monash City Council, February 2008.
Plenary address at Everyday Lives Conference, the 10th Social Research Conference on HIV, Hepatitis C and Related Diseases at University of New South Wales, March 2008.
Speech at launch of Hepatitis C Awareness Week, Melbourne, May 2008.
Talk to Albury Central, Albury, April 2010
Two talks to recruits at St Kilda police station, 2009, February 2010
Lunchbox/Soapbox talk at Wheeler Centre, April 2010
Victorian Writers Centre Bookclub talk, Wheeler Centre, May 2010
Part of a panel on Literary Romance, Wheeler Centre, July 2010
Talk to Masters of Health students, University of Melbourne, July 2010
Talk to female residents, Parkville Juvenile Detention Centre, August 2010
Two workshops with Roomers writing group, St Kilda, August 2010
CAL Second Book fellowship at Varuna—The Writers’ House, Katoomba, 2007-9
Australian Literature Board Skills & Development fellowship at B. R. Whiting Library, Rome, for six months in 2008-9.
Awarded Master of Arts in Creative Writing, RMIT, 2008. Recommended for award with distinction.