Advisory boards, judging, prizes etc

Advisory boards

  • 2012 (ongoing), Member, Committee of Management, Writers Victoria
  • 2011 (ongoing), Member, International Editorial Board AXON: Creative Explorations
  • 2011, artsACT 2011 Poetry Prize Committee: member of the Advisory Panel, appointed by ACT Government
  • 2008, Belconnen Arts Centre: member of the Advisory Panel, ACT
  • 2005–2007, Marian Eldridge Award for Emerging Women Writers: member of the Advisory Panel, ACT
  • 2002–2006, ACT Cultural Council and Chair of the Literature Committee and Chair ACT Book of the Year Committee, Ministerial appointment
  • 2002, ACT Cultural Council Arts at the Cutting Edge committee
  • 2001, ACT Cultural Council 2001 Literature Committee
  • 2001–2002, Gorman House Arts Centre: Board member, ACT
  • 1999–2001, Canberra International Film Festival: Member, Advisory Board, ACT
  • 2000, Member: ACT Cultural Council 2000 Visual Arts / New Media Committee
  • 1999, Gorman House Arts Centre: Appointed Gorman House Associate, ACT


  • 2013, Convenor of judges, 2013 Victorian Premier Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript
  • 2000, Judge: Majorie Graber McInnis Short Story Award, ACT Writers Centre
  • 2000, Judge: Literary Competition, Church of England Girls Grammar School, ACT
  • 1999, Muse Woman of the Year: Judge, International Women’s Day, March, Tilley’s Devine Cafe, ACT
  • 1998, Chair of judges, 1998 ACT Book of the Year, ACT Cultural Council
  • 1998, Bruce Hall Art Show, ANU
  • 1998, Judge, Capital Women Short Story Competition, ACT
  • 1996–1998, Literature Awards and Fellowship Panel, ACT Cultural Council


  • 2012, Shortlisted for the 2012 Colin Roderick Literary Award for Bite Your Tongue
  • 2009, Examiners’ Commendation for Outstanding Thesis, University of Wollongong
  • 2005, Vice-Chancellor’s Distinction Award for Teaching and Learning, University of Canberra
  • 2002, Gold Award, Institute of Public Administration Australia: Australian Electoral Commission Annual Report 2001–2002, ‘Best annual report for a small agency reporting under the FMA Act (1977)’; editor of report
  • 1998, Highly Commended, Marian Eldridge Award
  • 1997, ACT Book of the Year, Chief Minister’s Department, ACT Government, for the novel Imago
  • 1995, ANUTECH Short Story Award, for Swimming Breaststroke Again with Pink Plastic Fish
  • 1983, Inaugural P.E. Jones Memorial Prize, University of New England

Grants received

  • 2013, International Nonfiction Writers’ Fellowship to Iowa, USA
  • 1999, The Secret Life of Canberra, FoCA99, Myer Foundation
  • 1999, Writing for Theatre Project with BITS Theatre Co and The Company, artsACT
  • 1997, Professional Development Grant received towards costs of Melbourne Writers Festival, Montalvat, ArtsACT
  • 1996, ACDU: Under $10,000 Category – Round 1, New Writers Fellowship at Varuna

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