June 2020


June 24th, 2020|

The events of the last few months have been too much. The world has been too much. The Virus. George Floyd. Black Lives Matter. Rio Tinto. 434 Aboriginal deaths in custody. 55 Indian [...]

The Parable of Bansi Lal Babu

June 16th, 2020|

‘You remember Bansi Lal Babu?’ asks my father, frowning down at me as I sit on the floor of our lounge, back against the wall, ginger cat purring on my lap. I nod. I [...]

February 2020

Moving in from the margins

February 24th, 2020|

Talented Perth writer Emily Sun invited me over to her blog and asked me a series of  excellent questions, which I enjoyed answering. In this chat we talk about being writers of colour, being [...]

December 2019

My year in books

December 30th, 2019|

I read a lot of books this year, no different to any other year. But I did try to read differently, adding writers of colour and translated works to my usual reading list. I [...]

November 2019

UWAP Writers – Roanna Gonsalves

November 20th, 2019|

In my second post about the UWAP writers I am proud to share this publishing house with, I'm writing about The Permanent Resident and its author, the award winning Roanna Gonsalves. The short stories that [...]

UWAP Writers – Amanda Curtin

November 17th, 2019|

Recently, the West Australian writing community was stunned by the shock announcement that the 85 year old publishing house was told to systematically shut down its operations and move to an open access, digital [...]

August 2019

Loving Hardy

August 11th, 2019|

English novelist Thomas Hardy was an unlikely role model for a book-obsessed young girl growing up in India, but I credit Hardy, and the Romantic poets, with my initiation into writing. Something about [...]

March 2019

The semantics of slaughter

March 22nd, 2019|

We know that language matters. As people of colour, especially, we know language matters. Pauline Hanson’s debut speech in Parliament in 1996 sent a shiver up my spine. Words like swamp, ghetto and [...]

February 2019

Gardens of Earthly Delights

February 24th, 2019|

On an exceptionally kind February afternoon in Perth yesterday, I had the pleasure of speaking to Annamaria Weldon and Moreno Giovannoni about goddesses and fireflies. The late great Mary Oliver wrote this: 'creative [...]