OzPod 2019

Bit of news for those who are interested in podcasting and creating audio fiction. I will be speaking on a panel about the rise of the fiction podcast at OzPod 2019. Details are here.

And there are a few tickets left for this LIVE PERFORMED READING of the Fitzroy Diaries podcast (a preview to series II) at the Fitzroy Library but you need to book fast.

Upcoming event and podcast crossover


Those of you who live in Melbourne may be interested in this event which is a live performed reading of the first two episodes of The Fitzroy Diaries series II. Featuring performers from the series, the event will take place before the release of the series, so it’s a sneak preview as well a chance to see it performed live for the first time ever. There will also be a Q&A. It’s in the Reading Room at the Fitzroy Library so tickets (which are free) will go quickly. Book at the above link.

Second bit of news, The Fitzroy Diaries is currently being featured as part of The Truth podcast so welcome to listeners from across the world who have heard the podcast for the first time.

Series II, whose release date keeps creeping back, will definitely be out by November. Stay tuned - and thanks for listening.

Australian Podcast Awards

While the rest of the country watched the Federal election results roll in, the Australian Podcast Awards took place in Sydney on Saturday May 18.

Series I of The Fitzroy Diaries received the award for Best Fiction Podcast, which was awarded by Jonathan Mitchell from Radiotopia’s The Truth Podcast. Thanks to Jonathan, to the Australian Podcast Awards and to the ABC, the cast, the crew and of course, the listeners.

The Fitzroy Diaries II...

Production has begun on series two of The Fitzroy Diaries which is proving enormously enjoyable to make and which should be out in about August this year. Meanwhile series one has been reviewed in The Australian rather nicely. Stay tuned for final dates on the Fitzroy Diaries 2 release. At the moment we’re going with the very scientific timeframe of Augustish.

The Fitzroy Diaries on ABC RN

From 16 July 2018 until 25 July 2018, you can hear my radio serial, The Fitzroy Diaries, on ABC RN's Life Matters each morning, at about 9:45am, right around Australia. You can hear all the episodes here, and a podcast will be launching soon.

It's about Fitzroy. It's about living in a big, changing city. It's about people being weird and funny and generous and odd. There are eight episodes. They're kind of like small radio plays. 

The series stars Jack Charles and Caroline Craig, with Nyawuda Chuol, Joel Davey, Stewart Farrell, Alexandra Hines, Luke Ryan, Stewart Thorn and an almost seven-year-old called Claudia. It was recorded by Richard Girvan, produced and script edited by Sophie Townsend, the sound design was done by Mark Don, and the beautiful illustrations on the website are by Sonia Kretschmar. 

Special thanks also to Geordie Williamson and Mathilda Imlah. 

Auckland Writers Festival

Thanks to all who came to see me at the Auckland Writers Festival. I went to Auckland partly to appear on a panel about my Dad's work, and partly to talk about my upcoming radio serial to be released on ABC radio in Australia. I also read my kids book to some small people who were very good at stomping. Here's an article in the New Zealand Listener with one of my favourite photos in it.

For those going to the Audiocraft Festival in Sydney on the weekend, keep an eye out for the listening session which will be playing a couple of episodes of my radio serial. 

I'll be updating everybody on the air date for the radio serial once I know. As for the Stupidly Small Podcast... apologies for not being around recently. Back on track soon...

CBCA Most Notables

Lovely news in that the book I wrote with Mitch Vane, Our (Last) Trip to the Market (which you can buy here) has been listed on the CBCA Most Notable Book list, which is the CBCA longlist, essentially. It's an astounding list to be on - look at those books - and I'm very pleased so thanks heaps to everyone who has been reading it and being lovely about it over the last twelve months.

Readings event

Hello. I'm speaking with the offensively excellent Kaz Cooke at the this event celebrating the release of a book of writing by my Dad, for which I wrote an introduction. I will think about what I might say once I have finished reading Kaz's really rather fascinating book, Ada, which you should all read more or less immediately.

Upcoming events

On Sunday 26 March, I'm reading from my new kids' book at the wonderful Darebin Kite Festival at 2pm. I will also be selling and signing books - and the rest of the festival will be amazing: hilarious performances, great music, art, food, and... kites.

The following weekend, on April 1, at 3pm, the book will be launched at The Little Bookroom in Carlton. Book here.


Me talking about my book

This is me talking on the radio with Jon Faine about my upcoming children's book, Our Last Trip to the Market. I also discuss the Darebin Kite Festival, at which I will be reading the book. More about the festival here

After our chat, things swiftly move into several more directions as we are joined by Sarah Wilson and then Emily Wurramara who sings like an actual angel out of the actual sky and who was a total legend.

Our Last Trip to the Market is being launched at The Little Bookroom in Nicholson Street on April 1. Call the bookshop for more details.

I wrote a kids' book

You can now buy a copy of my children's book here. The book is a celebration of the flawed art of multitasking with children around. The inspiration struck me when I was at the Ceres market and I overheard a parent who was reaching up to get something high off a shelf call out "get your hands out of the lentils, Serenity".

The line survives in the book, which captures the many different kinds of adventure that can happen when you think you're just going shopping. 

Illustrated by the wonderful Mitch Vane.

Welcome, stranger

If this site looks a little sparse it's because I chucked the old one out like the flippant 30-something I am, and now everything that was old is new again. If you're missing something from the old site, drop me a line and I'll see if I can find it in my pigsty. I mean, in my workspace. Thanks for stopping by.