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Postal Workshops

SWWVic postal workshops provide a valuable opportunity for members to share and critique their work. They are particularly appreciated by members who live far enough from the city to find it difficult to attend the regular monthly meetings. The once yearly get-togethers give us all a chance to put faces to names for the first time, or catch up with old friends in person. This year’s event was held on Saturday January 19th, at Time Out in Fed Square. We shared good food, good company, interesting conversations and lots of laughter. Thanks to Meryl for the photographs.

Our workshop co-ordinator, Pat Arts, writes:

POSTAL WORKSHOPS JANUARY GATHERING 2019

Thirteen members from Carpe Diem, eSpring and Perennial Poets Postal Workshops attended our gathering at Time Out restaurant in Federation Square on Saturday, 19 January 2019.

The milder, bright and breezy summer day brought crowds of tennis fans out for the Australian Open meaning that Federation Square and its restaurants and cafes were very busy, but our corner of Time Out was relatively quiet allowing conversation to be shared.

Our annual gathering is a social time and with thirteen people present there were always several conversations going on at once. The chatter and laughter may not always focus on writing, and when it does is rarely in-depth, but the friendships and the face-to-face interaction create a basis of caring and understanding.

Postal Workshops were formed to allow those limited by distance, mobility, sickness, work or other commitments to share their writing and to enjoy the benefits of belonging to the Society and for some members this January gathering is their only chance to meet with fellow members of the Society.

The yearly catch-up is a mix of social interaction and ‘writers’ talk and is a chance to share the frustrations and joys of a writing life.  For those who cannot attend SWWV meetings, the Postal Workshops create a sense of belonging.

Patricia Arts
Postal Workshops Coordinator

 

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN JOINING A POSTAL WORKSHOP?

All three presently have a few vacancies.  The Postal Workshops of CARPE DIEM and eSPRING accept both prose and poetry while PERENNIAL POETS accepts poetry only.

If you are interested, please visit the postal workshop page here and send a message to Pat.

 

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September Meeting

Blaise Van Hek reads from her newly published book

 

At the September meeting, members had the opportunity to share readings from their published works. This covered a fascinating variety of work, from large hardback illustrated books through slim volumes of poetry to magazine publications and some work in progress.

 

 

 

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July Meeting and Newsletter

Friday 27 July – Library at the Dock
11am–2pm (committee meeting 2pm–3pm)
Meeting followed by awarding of The Margaret Hazzard Short Story Award by judge, Charlotte Aberhart. Lunch will follow, please bring a plate to share.

The July newsletter is available here and on the newsletter page (ignore the fact that it says April 2018, it’s the July newsletter!)

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Book Launch by our Patron, Hazel Edwards OAM

Hazel with book, readers and dogs!Take an author, three dogs, a boy, and a book, and what do you get? Hazel Edwards’ book launch of ‘Like Me’ at the Diamond Valley Library. The launch was attended by the three reading dogs who like to visit a number of local libraries to listen to children read. Ryan, the boy whose story is in ‘Like Me’, was there along with an attentive audience. The ABC rolled up to add to the mix. ‘Like Me’ includes a number of stories for children one of which is told by Lachlan the reading dog. Hazel kept the audience entertained with the background story of her book and reading dogs. After the launch children were encouraged to read to the dogs.

The book is available via Hazel’s website, https://www.hazeledwards.com/

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A New Book from Janet Howie

rePresenting NatureAt the June meeting, member Janet Howie introduced us to her recently published book ‘rePresenting Nature’, which pairs her poems with her own beautifully delicate watercolour paintings.

“Janet Howie’s rePresenting Nature is a volume of crafted, meditative poems and watercolours about seemingly ordinary things. Janet’s is a rare gift. She entwines the poems and paintings in a subtle dance across the pages, two by two.” Roz Edmond

“Janet illustrates in her poetry and painting, intimate connections to the natural world, into which the reader delves deeply.”  Robyn Cairns