2016 Accomplishments

Our members winning awards, getting published, and being otherwise brilliant:

  • Most of our members were published in—Writers on Parade—Kensington & Norwood Writers’ Group’s Journal, available from Amazon and Dillons Bookshop Norwood.
  • Sara Abend-Sims had two poems published in Friendly Street Poets’ Anthology and two in InDaily. She was awarded first prize for senior entry and grand overall category for her short story—Murder Mystery—in the Campbelltown Literary Awards. Her haibun, My Buddha, was published in the December edition of Haibun Today; and read her work at a Bindii Group evening at the Halifax Café in February. Another two poems were posted in Daily Poets’ Corner in December, and a poem and a prose-poem were short listed for the Friendly Street Reader.
  • Darrell Coggins had a poem published in Friendly Street Poets’ Anthology, and two poems included in the Tea Tree Gully Poetry Festival Anthology. He had a reading of his poetry at Payneham Library.
  • Lawrence Johnson appeared on Peter Goers’ ABC Radio talking about his publication: Along the Way. A chapter Eco-Interests from his book—A Morally Deep World—has been included in the new edition of Environmental Ethics Anthology (published by Wadsworth). Lawrence had his Coorong Middens poems published in the Friendly Street Reader, and had his poem Celtic Light published in Open Mouse an on-line poetry journal in Scotland.
  • Lindsay McLeod received a highly commended award for his poetry at Salisbury Writers’ Festival. He had so many poems accepted for publication on-line, and in magazines and journals in Australia and around the world, that we found our arithmetic challenged trying to keep up with them. They included publications in The Fat DamselFireflyFoliate Oak, Carvus Review, Five2One MagazineClockwise Cad, Thistle and Dash Literary Journal.



On What it Takes to be a Writer …

Dani Shapiro blog excerpt:

 It brought me to an abiding, powerful understanding of the way we human beings—once we dig beneath our protective shells—are more similar than different. The same worries keep us up at night. The same fears and insecurities drive us.

Just this past weekend, in a workshop, I was discussing some manuscript pages of one of my students—a lovely writer who has been working on a memoir for the past ten years—and I wasn’t telling her what she wanted to hear.  What she wanted to hear was, of course, what we all want to hear, which is: this is magnificent, and your work here is done. After all, she had been working on the manuscript for ten years.  She had poured everything she had into it.  But her work wasn’t done. And as we began to talk about it, she told us she was trying not to cry.

And what I said in response was perhaps not the most teacherly thing I have ever said: I cry every day.


Here is the piece Lauren read out at last night’s meeting by Dani Shapiro in full.