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My passion for writing began at an early age, but my diverse family and love of travel gave me an intense fascination with culture, leading to a career in anthropology. I rediscovered a love of picture books when I had children of my own.


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Like many Australians, I grew up in a very multicultural family in the suburbs of Sydney. After high school I completed a Rotary exchange in Brazil, where I lived with two beautiful families, learned to speak Portuguese and to dance forro.

​I completed a Master of Applied Anthropology before moving to Alice Springs to begin my career as an anthropologist, working with communities and traditional owners throughout Central Australia.

I met the love of my life in the red desert (even though we coincidentally come from the same area of Sydney), and we moved to the green tropical north where we live with our 3 children, 2 dogs, a brood of chickens and the odd neighbourhood wallaby, goanna and python. Having recently returned to full-time work, I look forward to new adventures and getting to know the people of Cape York.


Since having kids I have expanded my skills to fit with family life. Aside from writing, I have worked as an advisor in various sectors – assisting students in China seeking to study overseas; developing cultural content for programs targeting young offenders in the youth justice system; designing culture curriculum content and policy; and supporting several creative projects that aim to include indigenous content. I am passionate about celebrating Australia’s rich indigenous cultures and I am currently working on a number of side projects that combine my various interests. Watch this space!

writing achievements

2021 Shortlist, Writers Unleashed Picture Book Competition
2021 Third Place, CYA Conference, Aspiring Writers Preschool Category
2021 Published debut picture book, Milo's Little Secret, Larrikin House

2020 Shortlist, Creative Kids Tales Writing Competition

2020 Longlist, Just Write for Kids Pitch It! Competition
2020 Shortlist & Highly Commended, Book Links Mentorship Award
2020 Shortlist, First 5 Forever: Stories for Little Queenslanders Picture Book Competition
2020 Longlist, in Greenleaf Buds Picture Book Manuscript Competition

2019 Shortlist and Honorable Mention, Jackie Hoskings' Spring Competition
2019 Longlist, CBCA NSW Aspiring Writers Mentorship Award
2019 Recipient of a Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) travel grant to attend the CBCA NSW Aspiring Writers Mentorship Award ceremony
2019 Recipient of a Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) travel grant to attend the CYA Conference

2018 Scholarship from KidLitVic to attend 2019 conference in Melbourne
2018 First Place, Jackie Hoskings' Spring Competition

2018 Longlist, Greenleaf Buds Picture Book Manuscript Competition

2017 Recipient of a Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) grant to assist in the illustration and production of a book series

Milo arrives
Milo arrives
Butterflies in the garden
Collecting firewood
Rescue turtle at Fitzroy Island
My backyard
My backyard
CBCA AWMP Award Night

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