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/ About CM.
Started a journalism cadetship at The Western Times newspaper in Footscray in Melbourne in 1987. We’re talking manual (not electronic) typewriters and weekly printed editions. Moved to The Telegraph group on the north-western outskirts of Melbourne and was Editor of the Bacchus Marsh & Melton Telegraph by 1989. Not sure how that worked. Have been in writing, editing and public relations essentially ever since, save for a) a nine month stint at a stockbroker in Birmingham and b) a nine month stint proofreading phone books.
Proof. Reading. Phonebooks.
Completed an Associate Diploma of Professional Writing & Editing at Victoria University in the early- to mid-1990s. This followed two failed university attempts (VUT Physical Education; RMIT Economics); both brief, both more or less pre HECS.
Somehow I've managed to both help raise a family and be a full-time freelance writer since 2003. These gigs have been crucial:
Founding of The Winefront website in 2002. It’s now (and has been for a long time) Australia’s most active wine review site.
Founding editor of Australian Sommelier Magazine.
10 year stint as a columnist at Gourmet Traveller WINE magazine.
SUNDAY Magazine wine columnist (former).
Founding editor of Halliday Wine Companion Magazine (former).
Chief Features Writer at Halliday Magazine (former).
Reviewer for the annual Halliday Wine Companion book 2013-current.
The Wine Hunter (2006, Hachette)
The Big Red Wine Book (2008, Hardie Grant Books)
The Big Red Wine Book (2009, Hardie Grant Books)
The Big Red Wine Book (2010, Hardie Grant Books)
Thin Skins, (2011, Stirling US)
The Wine Hunter (2015, Hard Cover, Self/Hardie Grant Books)
1995 Independent Monthly Young Writer of the Year Award
1996 CUB Best Australian Sports Writing Award
2004 Wine Press Club Wine Communicator Award
2005 R/U Wine Press Club Wine Communicator Award
2006 Wine Press Club Wine Communicator Award
2013 Wine Press Club Best Feature Article
2016 Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards Chairman’s Award
In 1990-1991 I had a full-time, reasonably paid, superannuation-contributing job at the Wyndham City Council in Melbourne. I wrote speeches, newsletters and press releases. My resignation letter from this job suggested that I needed to write a novel. To do so I'd rented a place in the Victorian countryside a long way from anywhere; it had no phone line, or tv, or radio reception, or music, or sound, though it did have possums living in the roof. This of course was pre-web days. My boss said: get that out of your system, then give me a call and we'll get you your job back. Wilson was his name. I started the novel, knocked out 165,000 words in a blast and was quite chuffed. This draft took me about 7-8 months. I then decided that this manuscript was almost perfect but just wasn't quite there. So I started re-writing it from scratch. Twenty-eight years later I'm still working on that same novel. It's called LOVESONG. It's getting closer, Once I do finish this novel, I plan on keeping Wilson to his word and giving him a call. I don't know how old he was in 1990-91 but as a guess I'd say, maybe, he was in his late 50s. That would make him mid- to late-90s now. If you have his number, please pass it on via the Contact Me page. And wish me luck.