Blog

22 Apr 2017
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Conversations with Richard Fidler

I’m very excited to be heading to Brisbane on Friday 28 April for a live conversation with Richard Fidler at the Brisbane Powerhouse. Come hear us talk – raw and unfiltered – through the annals of personal and family history,... More

9 Apr 2017
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What I told Ciao….

Last month, I spoke to the lovely peeps at Ciao Magazine , a media stalwart in my local inner west about The Sydney Writers Festival, my upcoming book release, and they even managed to wrangle a cooking recipe out of me. Transcript... More

6 Apr 2017
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Sydney Writer’s Festival

The embargo’s been lifted, and I’m pleased to announce that I’m on the line-up of the 2017 Sydney Writer’s Festival. The theme this year is “Refuge,” and I’m on a panel called The Writer’s Habitat with some seriously bright lights... More

3 Apr 2017
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The Good Girl of Chinatown Book Launch

Thursday 4 May 2017 Better Read than Dead, 265 King St Newtown “It was the sound of aggressive abandon, and the shape of its poetry whipped the room into a frenzy. I felt my body riding its aching, feverish wave.”... More

9 Mar 2017
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Backdated Blog Posts

It’s taken me 12 months, but I’m back. Back to the blog. Along the way, there’s been a couple of milestones: this incredible show that I got to be a part of The Peasant Prince, travelled to 38 venues across... More

11 Apr 2016
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Opening Night

The Opening Night for Monkey Baa’s The Peasant Prince went off like a firecracker, ushering in the beginning of a big journey for this story as we task ourselves with sharing it to the next generation of young Australians. Li... More

9 Apr 2016
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Mao’s Last Dancer

Of course it would take a famous memoir to lure me back to the stage. Mao’s Last Dancer is the story of a young boy plucked out of obscure, grinding poverty to train to become a ballet dancer a.k.a. revolutionary guard... More

4 Feb 2016
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Ballroom Swans, Dancing Ducks

Take a trip back to New Year’s Eve 2008 with me. The city is Shanghai, and I’ve just moved across the seas to be with the man I love, and a city I’ve always dreamt about.  Ballroom Swans, Dancing Ducks is... More

7 Jul 2014
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Why Stories are Good for the Brain

One of my favorite stories growing up was of the day my grandmother met my grandfather. She was in her early 30s – resolutely considered the age of spinsterhood in the time the Communists rose to power in China in... More

30 May 2014
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Australian Writers Week: the last leg

The first thing you notice about Beijing is the smog. Within minutes of landing, my whole body was working a bit harder just to breathe. The Australian Embassy staffer who had been with me since Mongolia gave me the stats:... More