TALKS / READINGS / WORKSHOPS / PRESENTATIONS
Like most established writers, I’m happy to discuss my books and related matters with all sorts of groups. I enjoy public speaking – formal or informal occasions – and have taken part in countless sessions over the years in libraries and literary festivals, bookshops and writers’ centres, universities and schools, prisons (as a visitor!) and clubs, meetings of historical societies and other professional associations. I’m particularly glad to conduct writing workshops.
There are many other public occasions where my role as presenter isn’t tied specifically to my work as a writer, though they’re indirectly connected. For instance I’ve been a keynote speaker at state or national conferences for various organisations including Museums Australia, Australian Association for the Teaching of English, Australian Corporate Lawyers Association, Local Government Managers Association, Australian College of Health Service Executives, and many academic bodies. Recent public lectures include one given at the joint invitation of the National Trust, ICOMOS and the Institute of Advanced Studies (UWA) to celebrate the International Day of Monuments and Sites (more information about that event here) and one on “History’s Grist and Fiction’s Mill” given in my capacity as the 2015 Battye Memorial Fellow.
As an experienced consultant my commissioned work has included writing, editing and other projects (often on curriculum matters or organisational communication) for more than 20 universities in Australia and overseas, a few secondary schools and several educational agencies (e.g. Victorian Curriculum & Assessment Board and the WA Curriculum Council). I’ve also undertaken contract research and report-writing for (among others) the Australia Council, Australian Universities Teaching Committee, , Business/Higher Education Roundtable, Education.au, City of Mandurah, City of South Perth, IGL Oil & Gas, Westonia Mines Ltd, Museums Australia, Local Government Managers Australia, and Routledge Pty Ltd. And I’ve been hired as a confidential mentor or executive coach for senior people in several organisations.
Details and testimonials on request.
VOLUNTARY COMMUNITY WORK
Current or previous pro bono / volunteering activities include board memberships (Australian Society of Authors; Volunteering WA; Museums Australia National Council; State Library Board – ministerial appointee; Open Universities Australia; Community Leadership Australia; Guildford Grammar Council; Channel 31), chairing of the WA Premier’s Literary Awards Judging Panel and the Deafness Council Scholarship Panel; membership of the WA Heritage Council Register Committee; and Westcare ambassador.