Thursday, 2 October 2014


Yesterday I learned that I have been awarded a Residency Fellowship at Varuna, the Writer's House in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, to work on The Pharmacon of Charlie Zinn. I'll be going in April next year for two weeks, a perfect time as the mountains' chill sets in, and the deciduous trees start to turn. 

Varuna was the home of author Eleanor Dark, and when her son inherited it, he set it up as a writers' retreat and it is now a hub of literary creativity that promotes Australian writing and provides time and space for writers to devote to their work.

The Three Sisters, Katoomba. Image (CC) Adam J.W.C.
To go to Varuna to write has long been a lurking desire of mine, and I am beyond thrilled to have this opportunity. My family are epically supportive of my writing, but to be isolated from day to day life is the perfect muse. 

Varuna is set in one of the most beautiful parts of Australia, so expect lots of photos when I take a break from writing and go for a wander!