Varuna Affirm Press Mentorship – Friday morning

Writing memoir is an intensive process of self-examination, conducted for the most part in solitude.  So winning the Affirm Press Mentorship, which included living with two editors for five days, was both exhilarating and terrifying. For weeks leading up to the residency I've been asking the same rhetorical questions: How do you live with the… Continue reading Varuna Affirm Press Mentorship – Friday morning

Varuna Affirm Press Mentorship – Tuesday Morning

Last night I wrote on Facebook that the imposter syndrome is strong this time.  It's still strong.  I recently read that 'interesting article' by Luke Carman about the Australian creative industries.  He makes some very big claims, including several aspersions the'Melbourne literati'. In a lecture by the provocateur, I asked the difficult questions.  But now… Continue reading Varuna Affirm Press Mentorship – Tuesday Morning

Grist for the mill

  Fresh off the rebound from another visit to the palace of justice. Reeling. Thinking. Grinding. Judgement will be given at the next date. Which is December. We will know if the Trump bomb is going to explode by then. I'll be forty by then. Facebook memories showed me the crime scene this morning, wondered… Continue reading Grist for the mill

Trauma Responses – the body’s way of telling stories

I've recently been thinking out loud about trauma and find myself using the term 'trauma responses'. It's a shorthand term I've developed over decades and so deserves defining for those not living in my head. It turns out that childhood abuse and trauma does nasty shit to the growing brain. I'm writing to you from just such a brain.… Continue reading Trauma Responses – the body’s way of telling stories

Self as subject: the peculiar pickle of autobiographical higher degree research

Paper presented at the University of Newcastle Creative Arts Research Symposium, Newcastle, Australia, 9 June, 2016. I do not condone the use of memoir, surveillance, or any other discourse altering substances. Writing a memoir involves taking one’s life and smearing it onto the page. When you craft a memoir, it is inevitably a personal experience… Continue reading Self as subject: the peculiar pickle of autobiographical higher degree research