I grew up in small town New Zealand and big city Australia when orange Fanta came in glass bottles and AM radio was king. At 21, I shipped off for the rest of the world and for the rest of my life have somehow managed to make a living by writing about it. My articles and photographs have appeared in TIME (Asia), The New York Times, Lonely Planet guidebooks, the South China Morning Post and many others. I now call Japan home and blog about my life in a traditional (disappearing) neighborhood here: Seaweed Salad Days.
FINALIST, 2016 Open Road Review Short Story Prize for "Baby Grand".
SHORTLISTED, 2016 Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize for "Baby Grand."
FINALIST, 2016 HollyShorts Film Festival, (Los Angeles, U.S.) for the short screenplay "The Girl From Pearl City."
SEMI-FINALIST, 2016 Scriptapalooza Short Screenplay Contest (U.S.) for "The Pilgrim."
SEMI-FINALIST, 2015, Table Read My Screen Play (U.S.) for the short screenplay "The Pilgrim."
BRONZE PRIZE WINNER, 2015, Hollywood Screenplay Contest, (U.S.) for the short screenplay "The Pilgrim."
SEMI FINALIST, 2015 HollyShorts Film Festival, (Los Angeles, U.S.) for the short screenplay “The Foonabiki Barbers.”
LONG LISTED, 2015 The Big Issue Short Fiction Competition, (Melbourne, Australia) for the “The Hunting Party."
WINNER, 2014 The Paris Review, Windows on the World competition, (New York. U.S.).
SEMI FINALIST, 2014 HollyShorts Film Conference, (Los Angeles, U.S.) for the short screenplay “The Pilgrim.”
WINNER, 2013 Asian Short Film Script Competition, (San Francisco, U.S.) for the short screenplay “Good Night Papa.”
WINNER, 2007 Gold Award for Travel Journalism, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), (Hong Kong) for the feature story “Tea For Twenty Million" (Discovery magazine, Cathay Pacific Airlines).
WINNER, STA Travel 1996 Snap Up The World travel photography competition, (Australia).