Grasping the thistle
Friends and colleagues know that I’m interested in weeds in general, and thistles in particular.
In 2010, as part of a New Work grant from the Literature Board of the Australia Council, I worked on a radio piece Weeds Etc. This piece was produced by ABC Radio National and broadcast on the 360documentaries program in July 2010.
Following on from the weeds, I received the Eric Dark Flagship Fellowship (literary non-fiction) from Varuna Writers’ House, and began researching and writing a book. The Book of Thistles combines elements of memoir, the personal essay, the new nature writing, environmental history and literary non-fiction to explore the many and varied narratives of this immigrant plant.