Macdonalds Booksellers

A Special Announcement I am thrilled to say that you can now buy Kalika Magic books from Macdonalds Booksellers in Maitland. I grew up hearing stories of Maitland from my father, who spent his childhood on a pumpkin farm on Pitnacree Road. I’ve heard all about the 1955 floods – when Dad and his parents were trapped on the second storey of their house for three days, …

Flying Fox

This is a story I was commissioned to write for a beautiful girl called Lucy. Her mother wanted something special as a present for Lucy's 13th birthday, so she arranged for a talented local artist to illustrate the story, and then she had it bound it in a leather journal. Flying Fox For Lucy  Tilly wakes to the soft splatter of fruit ...

Words in Colour

Continuing my theme of women stepping into their power, here's a short story I wrote for a dear friend in Canberra. I didn't realise I was writing it for her at the time. When I read the finished product, I saw that I'd explored the same themes my friend had been wrestling with her entire life. They weren't issues I'd ...

The Kids are Coming South

The plight of refugees, particularly children, is something I feel strongly about, so I'd like to share a story I wrote a few years back. It was runner-up in the Australian Country Style Short Story Competition, judged by the wonderful Cate Kennedy and Victoria Carey.  Judy isn’t old, though she feels it today. She smudges lipstick across her sunburnt lips – pink, because ...