The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

TM: You’ve written across a range of formats - novels, non-fiction, short stories, essays and children’s books. What’s the most satisfying for you?

TM: How did being shortlisted for the Stella Prize in 2017 change your perspective on your own writing?

– Winner of the 2018 Grace Marion Wilson Prize for Fiction –

The sex did not bother Jane as much as the poppy seeds pooling in the cracks between the floorboards. She crushed them underfoot on her way to the bathroom, and they released their oil and penetrated the untreated oak, leaving small, sticky reminders of that other business, his business, the pink-haired, pierced impetus behind his sudden interest in baked goods.

TM: Your second novel, ‘The Bee and the Orange Tree’, tells the tale of Marie Catherine and her battle for French women’s’ equality in 1699. How did you come across Marie Catherine and what inspired you to tell her story?