Writing

Awards

Deborah Cass Prize, runner up, 2020.

Heroines Women’s Writing Prize winner, short fiction, 2020.

Richell Prize for Emerging Writers, long-listed, 2015.

Published works

Grey Wolf – Short story in Never Heard of Them: An anthology of emerging writers from the Illawarra &​ South Coast of NSW, edited by Sarah Nicholson & Caitlin White, 2020.

The Koel – Short story in Heroines: An Anthology Of Short Fiction and Poetry Volume Three, edited by Caitlin White &​ Emily Crocker, 2019.

Beneath the Surface – Interview/review of ‘The Memory Pool’ by Therese Spruhan in The Big Issue November 2019.

Daphne – Prose in Baby Teeth, January 2019.

Coming Home – Essay in The Big Issue Summer Edition, December 2018.

Roadkill Hour – Short story in The Big Issue Fiction Edition, August 2018.

Red-emption – Radio play produced by ABC Radio National Airplay program as part of Illawarra Water, October 2008 (name attributed as Dasha Mairov).

Gioca, Paper-People – Short story in TIDE vol. 5, 2008.

Plate Dynasty – Poetry in Voiceworks no. 70, 2007.

The Teeth of Roses – Short story in Voiceworks no. 70, 2007.

Novels in progress

Birch 

Contemporary | Gothic

From whispers in a Soviet-era khrushchyovka apartment, to an abandoned church in the Russian wilderness, a woman uncovers her devastating heredity.

Alyona, disfigured in a childhood accident she does not remember, returns to Saint Petersburg to care for her estranged grandmother and investigate her tragic family history. Irina Alexandrovna, haunted by memories of siege and starvation in war-ravaged Leningrad, will do anything to prevent Alyona from discovering the truth, which lies in the depths of a barren forest. Local villagers refuse to acknowledge that place – Poteranoe Pole – the Lost Field.

Birch has undergone significant re-writes since its first iteration. The greatest shift came about after living in Saint Petersburg. In 2015, Birch was long-listed for the Richell Prize for Emerging Writers.


Bury the Sun

Contemporary | Crime

Freak, behemoth, loner: May is an outsider in the small suburb of Blaire. A cleaner in an animal shelter, she has an affinity with broken things, like the dangerous dogs she helps put down.

Bury the Sun tracks two very different women trapped in the crucible of a place where no action goes unnoticed and no past unpunished.

Status (2019) First edit. 100,000 words and culling.


Cabinet of Wonders 

Historical

Status (2018) Writing draft zero. 70,000 words and growing.