the most comical and disturbing writer working in Australia today.
The author of some fifteen novels as well as plays, poetry, and short stories, she commands an adept use of black humour and satire which links her with the comic tradition of
. Her habitual themes include displacement, confinement, and lesbian love. Her fiction and poetry appeared in Australian, American, and British literary journals, and her work has been translated into Spanish, German, Dutch, French and Greek.
, writing in the later twentieth century, was called