Lisa Fuller, Daniel Browning, Mykaela Saunders and Nardi Simpson. First Nations Panel, Kyogle Writers Festival, May 2021. Photo by Jodie Harris.

Research & Education

  • Macquarie University Fellowship for Indigenous Research. Laying Down the Lore: a survey of First Nations speculative, visionary and experimental fiction, 2023-2026
  • Doctor of Arts (creative writing). Goori Futurism: envisioning the sovereignty of country, community, and culture in the Tweed, University of Sydney, 2017-2021
  • Master of Education (research). Yarning with Minjungbal Women: testimonial narratives of transgenerational trauma and healing explored through relationships with country and culture, community and family, University of Sydney, 2012-2014
  • Bachelor of Education (secondary). Aboriginal Studies, Ancient History, and Modern History, Koori Centre, University of Sydney, 2008-2009
  • Diploma of Aboriginal Education. Koori Centre, University of Sydney, 2006-2007


  • Guest lecturer. Indigenous Literatures & Creative Writing, University of Melbourne, University of Sydney, University of Technology Sydney, 2020-present
  • Course co-ordinator & lecturer. INDG1001 Introduction to Indigenous Cultures, Winter school program, University of Sydney, 2017-2022
  • ITAS tutor. Various Indigenous Studies, Trauma and Resilience, Indigenous Education subjects, Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples, Southern Cross University, 2015-2019
  • Lecturer. CUL00401 Indigenous World-views, HEA10200 Trans- and Intergenerational Trauma, Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples, Southern Cross University, 2015
  • Casual lecturer & tutor. KOCR2600 Introduction to Indigenous Australia, KOCR2602 Issues in Indigenous Rights, EDUP2006 Indigenous Australian Education, EDSE2002 Indigenous Education: Secondary Schools, University of Sydney, 2012-2014
  • Casual teacher. Various secondary and primary schools in London, England, 2011
  • Casual teacher & rural area relief. Tweed River High School, Boggabilla Central School, Toomelah Primary School, 2009-2010
  • Indigenous teacher’s aide & classroom support. Tweed River High School, 2003-2007

Other community & arts work

  • Project coordinator. First Nations Spec Fic Symposium, University of Sydney, 2022
  • Judging panel. Neilma Sydney Short Story Prize, Overland Literary Journal, 2022
  • Organising committee. The Kinship Festival, 2020-present
  • Mentor. Re-Connect program, Barpirdhila Foundation x Arts Centre Melbourne, 2020
  • Research. Best practise recovery program for Aboriginal family and domestic violence, Wollumbin Family Support Inc, 2019-2020
  • Judging panel. Multicultural and Indigenous Media Awards, NSW Parliament House, Sydney, 2014
  • Judging panel. National Indigenous Human Rights Awards (inaugural), NSW Parliament House, Sydney, 2014
  • Disability support worker. On Track Community Programs, Tweed Heads, 2007-2009

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