About me

It’s not exaggerating to say that words are my life. My first professional publication came at age 12, and I now have over 20 years’ experience as a published writer, including 7 years as a professional editor. My editing clients range from individuals and small organisations to content agencies working on large government contracts. I’m a member of the Institute of Professional Editors Australia and the Australian Society of Authors.

My experience is unique in that it combines professional writing, government experience (defence and foreign affairs-related), academia and coaching roles. This means I bring strong analytical skills, a wealth of knowledge and experience across several sectors, a deep intellectual curiosity, and the ability to meet writers where they’re at.

The official stuff

My qualifications include:

  • PhD in international relations (specialising in China–India relations), Australian National University
  • BA (Hons) in media and communications/Chinese, University of Melbourne, first-class honours
  • Diploma of Business (Governance), specialising in non-profit governance, Institute of Community Directors Australia
  • Certificate in Professional Editing and Proofreading, Australian College of Journalism

Things I’ve done

  • Freelance journalist (including The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Bulletin, Inside Story, East Asia Forum and South Asia Masala)
  • Strategic analyst and editor, Australian Department of Defence
  • Deputy Communications Manager, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University
  • Writing trainer, Communication Knowhow (working with the Australian Public Service across various departments)
  • Visiting Fellow, Australian Centre on China in the World, Australian National University
  • Committee member, Regional Arts Development Fund, Ipswich City Council

Things I’ve written

  • The Light at the Edge of the World and Other Stories [novel, published 2020]
  • Tea Dreams [novella, published 2020]
  • Communications for Volunteers: Low-cost strategies for community groups [non-fiction, published 2017]
  • The Iron Line [novel, published 2017]
  • Greythorne [novel, published 2015]
  • India and China in the Asia-Pacific, 1890–2020 [non-fiction manuscript, under submission]
  • 4 academic book chapters, 53 media articles; 9 academic journal articles and reviews; 11 conference papers

Please contact me to discuss what I can do for you.