My professional writing career started at age 17, when Chris Forsyth, then editor of Nation Review (an Australian independent weekly newspaper), commissioned me to write film reviews. At age 18 I began my career as a rock music journalist, writing regularly for mainstream publications such as The Australian newspaper and for specialist music publications such as RAM (Rock Australia Magazine).
Across the ’80s I interviewed and wrote about many of Australia’s iconic rock bands. Some of these – The Angels, Cold Chisel, INXS, Dragon, Divinyls – I blog about on this site.
In the late ’80s I wrote articles for magazines such as HQ and Cleo at publisher Kerry Packer’s Australian Consolidated Press (ACP). As a sideline to journalism I undertook publicity assignments for record companies and creative artists.
In the ’90s, I worked at blue-chip advertising agencies in London, mostly in marketing and business development roles.
On my return to Australia, in time for the Sydney 2000 Olympics, I wrote funding submissions and marketing materials for non-profit organisations.
In addition to my professional writing I have published widely as a creative writer in Australian literary journals and anthologies, winning several awards. I have a BA (Hons) from Sydney University with majors in English and Fine Arts (Film Studies).