Curriculum Vitae


Bachelor of Engineering, Monash University, 1972

Diploma of Education, Rusden State College, 1973

Graduate Diploma of Computing, Deakin University, 1984

Master of Education, University of Melbourne, 1994

Doctor of Philosophy, LaTrobe University, 2013

I completed my PhD at La Trobe University, Melbourne, in the English Program as a non-fiction writer. My field is primary orality – the way cultures store and transmit masses of information when they have no contact with writing. I look at the application of primary orality to archaeology and in a contemporary context. It is the topic of my academic book with Cambridge University Press, Knowledge and power in prehistoric societies. The Memory Code, is for a mainstream audience, published by Allen & Unwin in Australia in July 2016, and then in the UK by Atlantic Books and US by Pegasus Books in February 2017 along with two foreign languages. The audio version is published by Audible.

Memory Craft was published in Australia (June 2019) and overseas and in audio in 2020.

I have spent my working career combining secondary teaching, writing and studying. I am now an Adjunct Research Fellow at LaTrobe University in the School of Arts, Communication and Critical Enquiry. I was awarded an Arts Victoria literary grant for 2015 and an Artist in Residence award for 2017.


Trade – memory systems

The Memory Code: Allen & Unwin (Aus) and Audible, 2016.

The Memory Code: Atlantic Books (UK), Pegasus Books (US), February 2017.
Translated into Chinese and Czech.

Memory Craft: Allen & Unwin (Aus) 2019.

Memory Craft audio book, Wavesound (2019)

Memory Craft: Pegasus Books (2020).

Songlines: the power and promise: co-author with Margo Neale, Thames & Hudson with the National Museum of Australia (2020).


Knowledge and power in prehistoric societies: orality, memory and the transmission of culture,  Cambridge University Press, 2015

Grounded: Indigenous Knowing in a Concrete Reality, Rounded Globe, 2016.

Non-fiction, trade, popular science:

The Skeptic’s Guide to the Paranormal (Aus),  Allen & Unwin, 2004

The Skeptic’s Guide to the Paranormal (US),  Basic Books / Thunder’s Mouth, 2005

The Skeptic’s Guide to the Paranormal,  Russian Edition, 2009

Crocodile: evolution’s greatest survivor, Allen & Unwin, 2006

Crocodile: evolution’s greatest survivor (UK), Orion, 2007

Spiders: learning to love them (Aus, US),  Allen & Unwin, 2009

Spiders: learning to love them (UK),  Orion, 2009


Avenging Janie,  Lothian Books, 2003

Non-fiction, Education:

Practical Computing (co-author), Jacaranda-Wiley, 1987

Nuclear Technology (co-author), STAV Publishing, 1991

Lasers, Sunshine Books, 1994

Challenging Minds (Aus), Hawker-Brownlow, 1994

Challenging Minds (US), Prufrock Press, 1996

Mathematics by Computer: Iteration, Wizard Books*, 1996

Motion Kit: Simple Concepts in Physics, Wizard Books *, 1996

Sound and Light,  Wizard Books*, 2000

Maths Wizard, Wizard Books, 2000

Motion: Simple Concepts in Physics, Wizard Books *, 2001

Words and Images (co-author), Wizard Books *, 2002

* All Wizard Books publications are now published by Curriculum Corporation.

Multimedia CD-ROM:

Exploring Chaos and Fractals (co-author), Informit, 1994

Online Course Material:

50 Enrichment Units for the Middle Years – EUMY, 2006-8

Magazine and newspaper articles:

Physics and Infinity, Lab Talk, (Science Teachers Association of Victoria), 1984

It’s a Total Internal Reflection, Lab Talk, (STAV), 1985

Book Reviews, Lab Talk, (STAV), 1986/7

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a – total internal reflection, The Australian Skeptic, 1988

Chaos Rules the Classroom?,  Classroom 2000, The Age, 1993

Multimedia Authoring, Australian Author, 1994

Managing Change in I.T.,  The Source, 1996

It’s virtually a school, The Source, 1997

Virtual schooling is online now,  News and Views, ICPA, 1997

I.T. and Gifted Students,  Gifted, 1998

I.T. and Gifted Students, Vision, 1999

Mirror Gazing: From Critical Reflection Toward Evaluation (co-author), Gifted and Talented International, 2000

How to build a cyberschool that has soul,  The Age, I.T. Opinion, 2000

How a native goddess stole my heart,  The Age, Extra/Gardening, 2001

Just Killing Time? (co-author), Principal Matters, 2001

The World Skeptic’s Congress, The Skeptic, 2005

Spiders – on the edges of everywhere, Wildlife Australia, 2010

Feminine Magic, The Journal of Performance Magic, 2015

Book Chapters:

Four chapters in Coping for Capable Kids, Hawker-Brownlow, Education, 1993

A Teacher’s Perspective in Geniuses, Prodigies and Savants, Centre for the Mind, 1999

Feminine Magic in Magiculum, EyeCorner Press, 2014 

On (and off) the rocks in Would You Believe It? Stollznow , Karen (Ed.), 2017.

Study Guide:

Australian Biography: Donald Metcalf, Film Australia, 2007


Mathematics online units for, 2000


Second Born, 1st Prize, Begonia Writing Short Story Competition, 1992

Conference Presentations and Media

Numerous press and radio interviews were done for The Skeptic’s Guide to the ParanormalCrocodile: evolution’s greatest survivor and Spiders: learning to love them. Press and online reviews were universally very good.

I have presented at many conferences in Australia, New Zealand and the US in areas of Gifted Education, Mathematics, Information Technology, Physics, Management of Change and the Science of the Paranormal. I have presented a number of seminars and conference presentations on primary orality and archaeology in Australia and the US.

I appeared in a TV segment for Lawrence Leung’s Unbelievable!, shown on ABC TV, June 2011 which was based on The Skeptic’s Guide to the Paranormal. I appeared in an episode  for the SBS documentary, Tales of the Unexpected, also based on The Skeptic’s Guide. It was was aired in 2014.

Speaking engagements for 2016-19 can be seen here.

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