Aside from being incredibly attractive and charismatic our writers are also terribly talented with many having been published in print and online, nationally and internationally; some are prizewinners too.
Sara Abend-Sims is a poet and writer of fiction, who has degrees in counseling and visual art education. Sara exhibited her paintings interstates and overseas for two decades, before weaving into words her visual fascination and the experiences of growing up in Israel and life in Australia. She’s the recipient of two Literary Awards – North Adelaide community centre and Campbelltown council. (SA) Sara’s literary work is published Online: Campbelltown Council’s website (Literary Awards 2015), InDaily (Oct.2015), Hibun Today (Dec. 2015 & Dec. 2016), Leaves of Silk, Nov. 2016) and in anthologies – Friendly St. Poets 2015 & 2016; KNWG 2016 and U3A 2016.
Nike Azoros studied journalism and creative writing. She has written many articles for newspapers and was editor of a business publication. She has written six books and is currently writing another novel and a non-fiction work. Her hobbies are writing and reading. When not in Australia she likes to be in Greece, writing. A member of KNWG since 2007 she believes that writers need other writers around them because, ‘they become the family that understands us when our own doesn’t.’
Anne Chappel is from Africa, long ago, which seems to tell a story in itself. More important is the fact she has been a member of KNWG since 2004 and is travelling the journey of finding her voice with the help of other writers. At first Anne wrote travel stories, travel diaries and an infrequent poem. Later she tried short stories, published a guide to a local seaside town, and her interest grew. Anne’s first novel, Zanzibar Uhuru, was published early in 2015 and the biography of her father and his African life. Time Past in Africa later in the year. She sees herself as a committed writer.
Lesley Charlesworth is from Port Augusta. Through a career in teaching and counselling she became interested in the resilience of people and the fact that many are not what they seem. These themes often appear in her work. Since her retirement she has enjoyed having the time to write and has completed a Masters in Writing through Swinburne University. Lesley enjoys writing short stories and the occasional poem and is currently revising her first novel. If you can’t find her, she has ‘gone bush’ either camping or bushwalking.
Darrell Coggins was born in Gladstone, S.A. He is a poet, artist and musician whose paintings have been exhibited extensively both in Adelaide and interstate and are held in numerous private and corporate collections in Australia and overseas. He has played guitar and bass in several successful Adelaide based blues, pop and jazz bands. Having also studied classical guitar, he is recognised as a well-established music teacher. His poetry—originally written as an art journal—reflects upon what he sees, hears and feels.
Sam was born in New Zealand and recently moved to Adelaide from London, England. He’s been writing on and off for as long as he’s been able to hold a pencil, and every first of January vows to ‘take it more seriously this year’.
Sam is currently (slowly) finishing his first novel, ‘State Highway One’, a book about twins on a road trip in New Zealand (State Highway One is shortlisted for the 2017 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers).
He has an interest in complex characters who toe the line of good conscience, and he goes beyond the rules of syntax, grammar and punctuation. His passion for good, snappy dialogue stems from a background in film and theatre, and contemporary writing styles, and from growing up with bookshelves filled with Brett Easton-Ellis, Chuck Palahniuk, and David Foster-Wallace (unhappy young white men).
Sam hopes to have his novel finished by the end of 2017 and continues to write short stories, like the ones in this journal, while he completes a law degree at the University of South Australia.
Ian Coulls has been a documentary filmmaker and a recording engineer and producer. He has recorded five of his own CDs as a songwriter/musician. After twelve books in the field of education, The Complete And Utter Truth About The World And Everything in it is a collection of dark, whimsical stories about relationships in a variety of times and cultures. Ginninderra Press has published two chapbooks of his poetry, Danse macabre and Words and will put out another volume of his short stories later in 2017.
There is little to tell beyond the fictions I write, unless it is to say I am one for whom the revolution never stopped, even if I did eventually cut my hair. Writing must be spare, crafted and preferably strange, in order to interest me. Unless it is the classics. Something happened in the latter years of the twentieth century. Dreams were subsumed and we were all complicit. Nevertheless, I can’t help but try to articulate lost aspirations. Forty short stories, numerous poems, five novels and a biography I may never have the skill to finish later, there are yet only minor successes. On the good side, I have two daughters and three granddaughters who all make a better fit in the world. A Persian cat talks to me and keeps me sane.
Edie Eicas is an artist working through many mediums such as photography, painting, sculpture and collage. She has turned her hand to scriptwriting, poetry, short stories and now is working on a novel. An interest in psychology, cultural and literary theory, her writing explores relationships, history, truth and how society determines identity and values. Observations range from the domestic to the political, from nature to consequences of neurosis and from love to hate that can result in murder. Edie is our Treasurer.
Margaret Fensom was born in London UK 1943, and arrived in Adelaide by steamship in 1947. She visited Europe and the UK in 1996 and Europe the UK and Russia in 2005, travelling extensively by train. Margaret has published poems in anthologies and journals, and in Friendly Street New Poets 12. Her short story ‘Irish Millennium’, was short listed for the Fish Short Story Competition 2000/01 and as a runner-up in the Wirra Wirra Vineyards Short Story Competition 2003, published in the anthology, Party Walls. Her first full collection of poetry, Landscape of Dreams, is published by Ginninderra Press.
Cary Hamlyn was born in Adelaide, South Australia. She travelled widely in Asia and Europe before moving to Sydney in the early 1980’s where she worked as an assistant/editor in the documentary film industry. She later returned to Adelaide, became a Social Worker and currently works as a Drug and Alcohol Counsellor. Cary is a member of KNWG, Friendly Street Poets, East Avenue Poets and the Hills Poetry group. She attends events to read her poems regularly and has been published in the 2012 and 2013 Friendly Street Anthologies, Social Alternatives, Tamba, Positive Words and the Kensington & Norwood Writers’ Journals, amongst others.
Jules Leigh Koch was a founding member of KNWG in 1986. He has published three collections of poetry and the fourth book, The Wintering Dawn, for which he received a second SA Literature Grant, will be published with Interactive Press, Brisbane in 2015. Jules has conducted writing workshops in schools, colleges and the SA Writers’ Centre. He also works as a mentor with writers from the Richard Llewellyn Arts and Disability Trust.
Karen Lettice is a professional singer/ teacher & voice-over artist, has spent her life bringing forth & communicating inspirations, ideas & feelings. She joined KNWG in 2013 to explore & hone a passion for writing in general, but poetry in particular, Karen’s work draws upon her lifelong background in the arts (visual and performing) and philosophy. Her focused, sensual style often exhibits a Zen minimalism. She views the art of poetry as a means of deeply connecting with the innermost essence of herself and others.
Grant Lock is a successful agricultural businessman who has always been interested in international politics, and human rights. For twenty-four years he and his gutsy wife, Janna, moved into voluntary development work in the Islamic Republics of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Since writing his popular page-turner, Shoot Me First, he has been in constant demand across Australia as an inspirational speaker. He also is a successful short story writer and is into performing his evocative poetry.
Lindsay McLeod trips over the horizon every morning. He has a degree in Professional Writing and another that says he is legally allowed to teach unsuspecting migrants English. He has won several prizes, awards and stuff for his poetry and short fiction. He published his first co-authored poetry collection, My Almost Heart, in 2015. He currently writes on the sandy Southern edge of the world, where he watches the sea and the sky wrestle for supremacy at his letterbox. He prefers to support the underdog. It is presently an each way bet.
Stephanie Russell has a background in physics, astronomy and satellite engineering – all very dry and technical. So her passion is to write about the other half of the soul. She explores every theme and genre she can think of, in short stories mainly, but also the odd poem. She loves developing characters, imagining how they speak, act and react. She loves creating new worlds in minute detail. One of these days, with any luck, Steph will write a novel. Stephanie is our President.
Ken Schaefer was born in Kimba on the Eyre Peninsula to a pioneering family. He attended a one-teacher one-classroom school in a horse and cart. Before and after school, he joined his siblings in farm tasks. Jobs included chopping wood for heating and cooking, milking cows and collecting eggs. Cream and eggs were sold in Port Lincoln.
Ken matriculated in Adelaide in 1958 and returned to the farm. He married Beth in 1967 and bought part of the family farm. The have three children and six grandchildren. Ken was active in local affairs including the hospital, school, sporting clubs and farmer organisations. He served periods as Chairman of the UFS Grain Section, as a Director of Ausbulk and as Chairman of United Grower Holdings. Ken and Beth now utilise their days in Adelaide and Bendigo reading, writing and talking. Ken is writing a three-book series covering the twentieth century of pioneering agriculture on Eyre Peninsula. The first book, Call of the Country, is completed.
Nancy Sortini writes raw, honest and humorous memoir pieces about Australian life.