I write stories. The stories can go anywhere from tangled relationships and virtual writers to rock music and sleep disorders. Some of them are pretty straightforward. Some of them are weird.
My undergraduate degree was in occupational therapy, but don't hold that against me. I've worked in academic research, with web sites, around assistive technology and disability, tending to small mammals, professional editing and — finally — somewhere here at the nexus of technology and books.
My first two novels titled Here Today and None of the Other Flies Follow My Crooked Lines were shortlisted in the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and the young adult novel I wrote with my brother Concentrate was shortlisted for the Text Prize. So that's nice.
I guess I've been more demonstrably successful as a short story writer. I've had pieces published all over the place (rf. the bibliography). My successes in the long form have been more in the form of awards, shortlistings, and mentorships. It's a weird way to build a career as a writer, but here I am.
A couple of my earlier works were published independently, but I have a thing for manufacturing scarcity so at some point I took them out of circulation. If you have one of these earlier works, well done. I hope you like them. They will never exist again, except in ghost form in databases.
In 2010, I was the co-editor with Sean Sennett of Off The Record: 25 Years of Music Street Press, published by UQP; probably the most fun I've ever had putting a shitload of words together. You should buy a copy. It's really good.
Since that same year, I have worked at the Queensland Writers Centre as the director of if:book Australia, exploring digital futures for authors, readers, and publishers. I have published tens of thousands of words from some of the nation’s best writers and thinkers on book futures, created real-world story adventures, and took a complete book from concept to print in twenty-four hours.
A lot of my most recent work has explored the possibilities of literary remix and live writing events. In 2016, if:book published my extended literary remix of work originally by nineteenth century Australian author, Marcus Clarke.
From 2011 to 2016, I wrote a weekly column about electronic books and apps for the Courier-Mail.
Other stuff about me elsewhere on the web:
I'm often asked to talk to people on radio or stages or for interviews:
- Interview with Matt Finch for We the Humanities (March 2016)
- On Memory Makes Us at the Decatur Book Festival in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (September 2015)
- The Complete 24-Hour Book at the Melbourne Art Book Fair (May 2015)
- Memory Makes Us at Books in Browsers, San Francisco (October 2014)
- The Library of the Future with Eli Neiburger, Joe Murphy, Jane Cowell and Paul Barclay (March 2014)
- Talking about Copyright in the Digital World as part of the IQ2 Debate at Melbourne Town Hall for The Wheeler Centre and ABC-TV (October 2013)
- Talking about Digital Survival, Brisbane and Publishing for Loughborough Literary Salon (November 2012)
- The Digital Big Bang from the Byron bay Writers Festival (August 2012)
- Live discussion with Jennifer Byrne, Joel Naoum, Alex Byrne, and Tony Shannon (May 2012)
- I Rate the Book with Tim Cox (612 ABC Brisbane) (June 2012)
- On the 24-Hour Book (4ZZZ) (June 2012)
- Digital rights seminar for the Australian Society of Authors
- Talking to Rebecca Levingston (612 ABC Brisbane) on the future of books
- Talking Off The Record and music with Walter Williams (4BC)
- And an old one from the 2011 Emerging Writers Festival talking about L'Odeur des Livres
Interviews and some really old links I haven't checked lately: