||I was born in 1980 in Perth, WA, but grew up in the UK. I now live in Fremantle with my husband and four young children. I hold a First Class BA in English from the University of Nottingham (2001), and a Creative Writing MSc from the University of Edinburgh (2005). I have also studied editing and publishing (Australian College, online), fiction writing (City University London), journalism (Birkbeck College, University of London) and scriptwriting (Broadway, Nottingham).
I have worked in publishing, documentary production and arts administration, as well as reviewing books and restaurants for Mslexia and The List. I have also completed internships at The Telegraph, The Independent, and the British Film Institute. I was a runner-up for The Guardian Young Travel Journalist of the Year 2001, shortlisted for The Asham Award in 2005, long-listed for the Fish One Page Story Prize in 2005, and shortlisted for the Global Short Story Competition in August 2009. I was a finalist for the Northern Territory Literary Awards in 2008. In 2019, I was shortlisted for the Varuna Publisher Introduction Program Fellowship. I write a blog, Mama Makar about motherhood and creativity.
I wrote my first novel, Iris, as the thesis for my masters. A coming-of-age tale complicated by grief and an actor’s fluid sense of identity, the backdrop for this novel is a small theatre, peopled by eccentric and egocentric characters. My second novel, Heartwood, is set in rural Western Australia and explores issues of belonging, place, and memory through the journey of Alba, an architect seeking to find a home for herself.