January 29, 2016 : Oh, summer.

And here we are. 2016. I’m a little late, in truth, in getting to the year because I have been hiding out at the beach with my family for three whole weeks. Three weeks of river and sea and sand and campfires and reading books in the hammock and NO …

November 29, 2015 : Stone by stone

Listening to Geraldine Brooks on radio this week, I heard her say that writing was like ‘building a stone wall’ – just putting one stone on top of another. Thank you, Geraldine. Because this week, at a borrowed desk (thanks to Kelly Gardiner) and at cafes and libraries, on borrowed time (thanks to my husband …

November 12, 2015 : Ubud – a postscript.

There is a draft of a post from Ubud. I started it as I looked out over the jungle from my little perch in our balinese villa. I would have been in my bathers, I might have had a cuppa, but more likely a g + t. The air would have …

October 21, 2015 : On letting the writing settle…

It’s now two weeks since I left the magic of Varuna. I returned home to brilliant cuddles with my girls and full of energy for the manuscript, for being a calm and present mum for a while, for ‘resisting re-entry’ and trying to keep a sense of that Varuna quiet. …

October 4, 2015 : A room of one’s own at Varuna

So here I am, on my last full day of a blissful week at Varuna. What a week. Beyond my computer, and half drunk cups of tea, piles of manuscript and well-thumbed books, is the window and the pink and white of the crab apple tree in blossom. It is …

Kate’s first book, SKYLARKING was published in Australia by Black Inc. in 2016 and in the UK by Legend Press in 2017.