Monday, 29 November 2021


 Just dropping in to say I have signed a two book deal (writing as Kathy George) with Harper Collins/Harlequin Australia.  "Estella" the first of the books will be published in 2023. 

I also now have a website - - where you can read more. 

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Return from a long hiatus

Yes, I have been gone a long time, and I apologise.  I am returning to say two things:

  • My Gothic manuscript, Sargasso, the first draft of which I wrote in 2012, has finally been recognised and has been shortlisted for the HQ Fiction and ASA Commercial Fiction Prize. You can read all about it here:   I am over the moon, as you can imagine. It has been a week since I found out and I am still walking on air
  • I am in the process of building a website  (K W  Whoo Hoo. There will be some free-to-read stuff up on it and I am very much looking forward to sharing it with you.

Some of my fav Gothic novels 

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Micro-Fiction Piece publication

Delighted to say that Going Down Swinging online has published my winning piece of micro-fiction about a cup of coffee. 

You can go here to read it.  

Thank you so much,!

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Brisbane Writers' Festival 2018 - Over the moon

I am delighted to say that my microfiction entry - "Four Dollars and Seventy-Five Cents" was selected as the winner of the 2018 Brisbane Writers' Festival Microfiction Competition. My congratulations to the winners of the High School and University categories, my sincere thanks to the Brisbane Writers' Festival for a wonderful comp, and also, appreciation to Uni of Queensland who sponsored the event. 

The rules of the competition were that you had had to write a piece of under 200 words (that's not long) on the theme of What the World Needs Now.  All I can say is that I got lucky. An idea came to me. I wrote it out and miraculously it was close to 200 words, and required very little redrafting.  This is rare that this happens. RARE. I would love to share my words with you, but I am hoping to get it published elsewhere, and so cannot for the moment.  What I can tell you, is that the piece is about a cup of coffee :) 

Thursday, 28 June 2018

New poem


this morning out the corner of my bleary eye
black and
in the open container of coffee grounds
roiling in the faint oiliness
trapped in the pungent aroma
beating its wings like it was on crack
and shrieking Abort Abort
a fly
I loathe flies
I thought about all the times
those annoying little shits
those dirty delinquents
boxed their ears!
smacked them into next week!

waving my hand, I reached for a mug
too early for violence, I thought.  

Thursday, 24 May 2018

I can't believe it

Shock. Horror.  It's been five months since I last posted.
That's what happens when you're writing five mornings a week for four months. (I started in early January.)  However, I am happy to report that said manuscript is done and dusted for the moment, and entered into the Harper Collins Australia Banjo Prize. Sigh of relief.  I set myself the task of finishing the ms in time, and I did it. Cue clapping.

In the meantime, thanks to the kind and gorgeous folks at Verity La a piece of my writing about my plastic surgeon - hospital lit, anyone? - was published online. You can go here to read it.

In the meantime, I also wrote a poem about a fly - ha ha - which I might share next time.

In the meantime, I'm at a loss to know what kind of image to post here since I am convinced no-one wants to see my bandaged and swollen forehead!  So ... flowers, which are always beautiful.

Sunday, 31 December 2017


Just dropping by to say that the piece about my dad came second in the Katherine Susannah Pritchard Memoir Comp.  Plus a short story that I wrote about a safari in Botswana came second in the Southern Cross Literary Competition. See here for details.

To summarise, I submitted 41 pieces of work this year - either poetry, short stories or non-fiction. One of these received a first place award, three achieved second places, and at least three were published in online literary journals. Plus, I managed to get my 8-word story  (Brisbane summer. Mangoes, mozzie bites and cold beer.) out on a Brisbane billboard. I also currently have a piece of work which has been long-listed for a comp - results out January, 2018 - and a piece of work which I've been requested to enlarge and resubmit to The Big Issue (more about that next year).  So overall, although I HAVE STILL  NOT scored a contract for my manuscript, I am pretty happy.  Nothing ventured, nothing gained and all that.

Happy New Year!!!