Provocations and a Podcast


Last week I was interviewed for a podcast with Michelle Hamadache from Southerly and Stephanie Russo at Macquarie University. It is such a privilege when critics engage seriously with one’s work.

We talked about my life as a doctor and how I transitioned to writing, about my book, Letter to Pessoa, about critical reviewing, gate-keeping and editing Mascara.

Here is the link if you’d like to tune in:

I’m now able to share my introduction to deciBels3 with you. I spent most of last weekend writing it, when I should have been working on my novel; but it was worthwhile. I am proud of the series and so thrilled for the poets. The books are now available to order with Vagabond Press and there will be a launch in May.

I am delighted to have been invited to the JM Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice at the University of Adelaide next month for a Symposium and Forum on Gate-keeping in Australian Culture. This seems very necessary for our times. I’ll be speaking with Professor Sneja Gunew, Professor Brian Davis and Brian Castro. There will be some excellent papers on the cultural gates, censorship, intersectionality, race and whiteness and new pluralism.

If you are feeling silenced or marginalised, it can manifest physically as well as psychologically; it can affect your ability to work, when artistic practice is already extremely challenging without the gate. Come along and un block with myself and other Australian writers and thinkers; details  here.