Writer and funeral celebrant

I’m a writer and funeral celebrant living by the beach in Adelaide. I have always loved stories–real or imagined–and for me, people’s life stories are a rich and powerful gift. I share my own stories through my novels, essays and performances. It is my great privilege as a funeral celebrant to honour other people’s stories by helping to create meaningful, individual funeral ceremonies … funerals that celebrate life, love and diversity while making space for healthy grieving. (My website dedicated specifically to my work as a funeral celebrant is over here).


My novels, Black Dust Dancing and Surrogate are published by Wakefield Press and there is more information about them here.

Monologues and performance

I started writing and performing stand up comedy many years ago. I made a tiny name for myself as the vegetarian librarian (whose babies were born by caesarean). The reviews said things like ‘funnier than it sounds’ and ‘you have to be there’. I stopped performing when I was living in Abu Dhabi, but I’ve started again since I got back to Adelaide. I always wanted to tell the story of my mother’s strange advice, and I finally worked out how to do it in my solo show, Pearls at the 2018 Adelaide Fringe. My mum has been an enormous influence on my life. Her death was the greatest lesson in what it really means to live every day as if it were your last. The things that she taught me are at the heart of my work as a funeral celebrant. In the 2019 Adelaide Fringe, I will be performing my show, The Forgettory. There is more information about my shows and performance here.

Visual arts

In something altogether new for me, I am part of a collaborative exhibition, Weird Adelaide: A Tribute to Barbara Hanrahan. I have written some enhanced program notes which are available here.

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