Studies and Work
I completed a double degree in Arts/Science with a major in Chemistry and Honours in Indonesian. I now work at Museum Victoria. Melbourne Museum is a very nice place to work because I can visit Phar Lap at lunch times.
I started doing stand-up comedy when I entered Triple J’s Raw Comedy Competition and won the Victorian final. In 2006 I received a Brian Macarthy Memorial Award (Moosehead) for my show, Kathy Smith Goes to Maths Camp.
I wrote and performed a comedy show about teaching called Chalk and Talk with Christina Adams as part of the 2012 Melbourne Comedy Festival. Here’s a review. Here’s a video we made for the show, and another one.
In 2006 I moved to Washington DC to be with my partner who moved there for work. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a job so I had a lot of spare time. DC has a lot of interesting museums and galleries and I visited them all, literally. After I spent an afternoon in a museum dedicated to revolutionary musketry I knew I needed to find something else to do. I’d always wanted to write a young adult novel, so I did. Loving Richard Feynman was published by University of Queensland Press in August 2009.
My next book Clara in Washington was published by University of Queensland Press in June 2011. It’s about a girl who has just finished Year 12 and moves to Washington DC, doesn’t have anything to do and then starts hanging out with a group of anarchists. This is not as autobiographical as it sounds.
My latest book Stay Well Soon is about a girl who really wants a pony. Then her brother gets sick and she wants a pony even more.
What I’m writing now
I’m writing about a girl is going to go to the Olympics, as a competitor, not just to watch.