CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NANCE DONKIN AWARD NOMINEES FOR 2021

The Society of Women Writers Victoria and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Victoria will host the NANCE DONKIN AWARD on Thurdsay 4 November 2021 ONLINE via ZOOM between 6.30 pm and 8 pm.

As this is a ticketed only event please book through TRYBOOKING.COM

The 2021 Award will be judged by Caz Goodwin, Children’s author and SCBWI ARA Victoria. (www.cazgoodwin.com)

The Nance Donkin Award nominees for 2021 are:

ANNA CIDDOR

Her first book accepted for publication was a picture book, Take Me Back, published in 1988. This book took the reader back in time to show how people lived in Australia in the past. She continued to write and illustrate non-fiction books, concentrating on bringing history to life for children. In 2002, Allen and Unwin published her first historical fantasy, Runestone.

In 2016 award-winning The Family with Two Front Doors was published by Allen and Unwin. It is based on interviews with the author’s grandmother Nomi Rabinovitch, and tells the story of Nomi’s childhood as the daughter of a rabbi in 1920’s Lublin, Poland.

Anna’s book, 52 Mondays, published by Allen and Unwin in 2019, is a fictionalised account of her childhood, filled with memories of Melbourne in the 1960s. 

Anna’s most recent book is The Boy Who Stepped Through Time, published by Allen and Unwin in 2021. It was long listed for the ARA Historical Novel Prize.

Visit her website for all of Anna’s publications.

JAN LATTA

Jan is an author, wildlife photographer and self-publisher of 22 True to Life Books, educating children about endangered animals. For 25 years she has followed wild animals in Borneo, India, Sri Lanka, Uganda, China, Costa Rica and eleven time to Africa.

It was important to photograph the animals in their natural habitats to make the books ‘real’. Each True to Life Book has a free educational video she filmed in the wild. Teachers can read one of Jan’s books, then show students a video of that animal in action. Great for reluctant readers. They get so excited watching the videos they want to read the books.

Sometimes it was very dangerous being close to a wild animal, but children love to hear Jan’s adventure stories during school talks. For 18 years she has been a speaker at schools and festivals in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and China for both children and adults. Jan says it’s important to talk about rhino horn and elephant tusks during her presentations.

Jan’s journey creating her books and videos has been so rewarding educating children about endangered animals and inspiring them to read.

Jan’s 22 titles can be found here http://www.truetolifebooks.com.au/books/

JULIE THORNDYKE

A graduate of the University of Sydney’s Master of Creative Writing program, Julie’s two collections of tanka poetry, Rick Rack (2006) and Carving Granite (2011) were published by Ginninderra Press.

Editor of Eucalypt: a tanka journal since 2017, Julie is a prolific published writer of tanka in journals including GUSTS (Canada), Ribbons (USA), Presence (UK), Blithe Spirit (UK), Skylark (UK), Kokako (NZ), Red Lights (USA) and the International Tanka Journal (Japan). Julie has participated in and presented at collaborative poetry workshops and led tanka critique groups. 

Julie’s fiction books for adults include Mrs Rickaby’s Lullaby (adult novel, shortlisted in the SWWNSW Member Book Awards 2020) and Divertimento, a collection of short stories (2021) both with Ginninderra Press.

Julie’s picture books for children Waiting for the Night (2018) and Watching through the Day (2020) were published by IPKidz. She recently signed a contract for a third picture book, Alice’s Shoe, with MidnightSun Publishing. Her children’s stories and poems have appeared in The NSW School Magazine and many other journals and anthologies. In 2020 she co-edited Splash, Slither, Squawk! anniversary anthology for SWW NSW.  

Visit her website for all of Julie’s publications.

SHARON J YAXLEY

Sharon has been a creative Visual Merchandiser and Window Dresser for forty years and as a Primary Teacher Assistant she enjoys sharing her love of learning and exploring ideas with the students. Her aim is to inspire students to gain confidence, and try their best and hopes that from class visits and daily interactions, many will continue to enjoy reading and literacy and find wonder in the world around them. 

Sharon markets and distributes her books, with assistance from the publisher, and her books are available in many local book and giftshops statewide. She also enjoys sharing them at selected markets where she can connect with the purchaser and share the stories behind the books and her experiences with writing and illustrating. 

The published books are – Dunstan and Theodore, Theodore Swims in the Sea, Dunstan and Theodore Set Sail, Dunstan and Theodore Hide and Seek and the photographic book of imagination, Sea Monsters. On the web page www.sharonjyaxley.com, Teachers Notes and visuals for Sea Monsters can be downloaded and there are samples of students work from class visits. There are also 2 pieces of music, composed by Claire Farrell, for Dunstan and Theodore. Sharon has also recorded readings of some of her books for children to enjoy and read along with her. 

Visit her website for all of Sharon’s publications.

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WHAT’S ON IN OCTOBER 2021

5th October                Book Chat

Book Chat is the first Tuesday of the month at 10.30 am. Join members online for a fun and friendly discussion about books they have – or have not enjoyed! 

The Zoom link will be emailed to members the Sunday prior.  For further information contact Caroline Webber, President: caroline.webber@greenolivepress.com

9th October                  New to writing or looking for that extra motivation to write? 

The Society of Women Writers Victoria in conjunction with the Library at the Dock is giving a series of online Get Writing! workshops on various topics for those who aren’t members of the Society. This will enable you to see if the Society and writing is for you.

Whether you’re starting out, shaking off the writer’s block or polishing off that manuscript, all are welcome at the workshops.

Sessions are held online the second Saturday of the month between 11 am and noon. An experienced writer from the Society of Women Writers Victoria will host each session.

Bookings are essential so to reserve your place please click HERE to be taken to the Library at the Dock website.

10th October                  Deadline for submissions to the October newsletter

For further information contact Paula Wilson, Editor Write Awaypaulawilson1@optusnet.com.au

13th October              The Work in Progress Group (full)  

This group meets online and is for members embarking on a novel-writing adventure. Group numbers are limited. 

For further information contact Vanessa Potts, group facilitator: vjpotts@yahoo.co.uk or click HERE to be taken to the Writers’ Group page of this website.

15th – 23rd October        Spring Writing Group (full) call out for submissions

For further information contact Lindsay Bamfield, Writing Groups Coordinator: lindsaybamfield@gmail.com or click HERE to be taken to the Writers’ Group page of this website.

20th October             Perennial Poets submissions for the month close

For further information contact Nenia Tavrou, Perennial Poets Facilitator: Nenia1@bigpond.com or click HERE to be taken to the Writers’ Group page of this website.

25th October            Let’s Write! Online Writing Group (full)

This group is for new members to the Society.  From this group they can go on to join one of the other groups, numbers allowing.

For further information contact Paula Wilson, Let’s Write Facilitator: paulawilson1@optusnet.com.au or click HERE to be taken to the Writers’ Group page of this website.

29th October                General Meeting 

Again held via Zoom. An invitation with joining instructions will be emailed to all members. Highlight of this meeting will be the launch of Issue 6 of Sparx, the anthology of the Society. Guest speaker and other activities to be advised.

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Book Chat

Join us for a fun and friendly, informal chat about the books we like…
and those we don’t!

Book Chat has moved to the first Tuesday of each month at 10.30 am. This will allow more time to read and ensure lively discussion.

The Zoom link will be emailed to members on the Sunday prior.

The next Book Chat will be on Tuesday, 02 November 2021 at 10.30 am.

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GENERAL MEETING FRIDAY 24 SEPTEMBER 2021

Guest presenter will be Anna Ciddor who will speak about the planning and structuring of a novel, details below. This meeting will again be online via Zoom. Joining instructions will be emailed to members next week.

Non-members are also welcome to attend for a small fee. Do you know anyone who has a novel in them? Why not ‘bring a friend’ and invite them to join the meeting? They can book a place using the link below:

https://www.trybooking.com/BUFCR

Anna Ciddor is the author and illustrator of almost 60 books covering topics as diverse as history, travel, fantasy, biography, family history and time-slip. Her newest novel, The Boy Who Stepped Through Time, was published by Allen and Unwin in June 2021. It immediately hit the best-seller lists and has received wide critical acclaim.

Anna’s meticulous work was recognised by a grant from the Literature Board of the Australia Council in 2005, and three of her novels have been selected as Notable Books by the CBCA as well as being shortlisted for numerous other awards. They have been made into audio books and translated and published around the world.

Anna Ciddor is also an inspiring presenter and loves sharing her knowledge of research, planning, drafts and editing. You can find out more, and read a few chapters of her books at www.annaciddor.com.

How to begin: planning and structuring a novel

Anna has gone through the process of getting started on over 60 writing projects and her biggest piece of advice is, ‘Don’t start writing till you’ve done your planning.’ In this session she will share, step by step, how she gets started with her own planning, how this helps her get the plot structure and characters clear in her head, and how this leads to a satisfying story for her readers. Anna is just going through the process now of planning a new novel – a sequel to The Boy Who Stepped Through Time.

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WHAT’S ON IN SEPTEMBER 2021

7th September                   Book Chat

Book Chat is the first Tuesday of the month at 10.30 am. Join members online for a fun and friendly discussion about books they have – or have not enjoyed!

The Zoom link will be emailed to members the Sunday prior.  For further information contact Caroline Webber, President: caroline.webber@greenolivepress.com

8th September                   The Work in Progress Group (full) 

This group meets online and is for members embarking on a novel-writing adventure. Group numbers are limited. 

For further information contact Vanessa Potts, group facilitator: vjpotts@yahoo.co.uk or click HERE to be taken to the Writers’ Group page of this website.

10th September                    Deadline for submissions to the September newsletter

For further information contact Paula Wilson, Editor Write Awaypaulawilson1@optusnet.com.au

11th September                New to writing or looking for that extra motivation to write?

The Society of Women Writers Victoria in conjunction with the Library at the Dock is giving a series of online Get Writing! workshops on various topics for those who aren’t members of the Society. This will enable you to see if the Society and writing is for you.

Whether you’re starting out, shaking off the writer’s block or polishing off that manuscript, all are welcome at the workshops.

Sessions are held online the second Saturday of the month between 11 am and noon. An experienced writer from the Society of Women Writers Victoria will host each session.

Bookings are essential so to reserve your place please click HERE to be taken to the Library at the Dock website.

15th – 23rd September        Spring Writing Group (full) call out for submissions

For further information contact Lindsay Bamfield, Writing Groups Coordinator: lindsaybamfield@gmail.com or click HERE to be taken to the Writers’ Group page of this website.

20th September                    Perennial Poets submissions for the month close

For further information contact Nenia Tavrou, Perennial Poets Facilitator: Nenia1@bigpond.com or click HERE to be taken to the Writers’ Group page of this website.

24th September                  General Meeting

Again held via Zoom. An invitation with joining instructions will be emailed to all members. Guest speaker to be advised.

27th September                   Let’s Write! Online Writing Group (full)

This group is for new members to the Society.  From this group they can go on to join one of the other groups, numbers allowing.

For further information contact Paula Wilson, Let’s Write Facilitator: paulawilson1@optusnet.com.au or click HERE to be taken to the Writers’ Group page of this website.

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MEMBERS’ NEWS

Joan Webster’s poem ‘Imperfect Pitch’, has been short-listed for the 2021 ACU Poetry Prize.

Mary Jones’s crime novel, Troubled Waters has been shortlisted for the Sisters in Crime Davitt Award.

Paula Wilson’s article ‘Chasing Parkruns’ has been published online in the Lalor Running Club news.

Margaret Pearce’s latest collection of poems, Not Mentioning Any Names, has been published by Ginninderra Press.

Paulette Dube latest collection of poetry, the deepest part of the river won’t freeze was launched on Zoom.

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SWWVic Annual General Meeting 27 August 2021

The Society of Women Writers Victoria will be holding their Annual General meeting on line again this year. However, if the last AGM was anything to go by, this meeting will be a full and fun packed event with the Wheel of Fortune making another appearance.

The agenda and joining instructions to the Zoom meeting will be emailed soon to all members.

There are various positions available as Committee members so if you are interested in being involved on the Committee or would like to nominate someone to serve on the Committee, please let Caroline know. Her email address is: caroline.webber@greenolivepress.com

Voting rights are given to current members of the Society, so if you have not yet renewed your membership and would like to vote or stand for a position, please make sure you renew your membership before the meeting. Thank you to all those who have already renewed and to new members who have recently joined.

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WHAT’S ON FOR AUGUST 2021

3rd August                    Book Chat

Book Chat is the first Tuesday of the month at 10.30 am. Join members online for a fun and friendly discussion about books they have – or have not enjoyed!

The Zoom link will be emailed to members the Sunday prior.  For futher information contact Caroline Webber, President: caroline.webber@greenolivepress.com

10th August                    Deadline for submissions to the August newsletter

For further information contact Paula Wilson, Editor Write Awaypaulawilson1@optusnet.com.au

11th August                    The Work in Progress Group (full)  

This group meets online and is for members embarking on a novel-writing adventure. Group numbers are limited. 

For further information contact Vanessa Potts, group facilitator: vjpotts@yahoo.co.uk or click HERE to be taken to the Writers’ Group page of this website.

14th August                 New to writing or looking for that extra motivation to write?

The Society of Women Writers Victoria in conjunction with the Library at the Dock is giving a series of online Get Writing! workshops on various topics for those who aren’t members of the Society. This will enable you to see if the Society and writing is for you.

Whether you’re starting out, shaking off the writer’s block or polishing off that manuscript, all are welcome at the workshops.

Sessions are held online the second Saturday of the month between 11 am and noon. An experienced writer from the Society of Women Writers Victoria will host each session.

Bookings are essential so to reserve your place please click HERE to be taken to the Library at the Dock website.

15th – 23rd August         Spring Writing Group (full) call out for submissions

For further information contact Lindsay Bamfield, Writing Groups Coordinator: lindsaybamfield@gmail.com or click HERE to be taken to the Writers’ Group page of this website.

20th August                    Perennial Poets submissions for the month close

For further information contact Nenia Tavrou, Perennial Poets Facilitator: Nenia1@bigpond.com or click HERE to be taken to the Writers’ Group page of this website.

27th August                   Annual General Meeting

The venue for this meeting will be given soon. Should COVID restrictions mean that the AGM will be held online via Zoom the agenda with joining instructions will be emailed to all members.

If you are interested in being involved on the Committee or would like to nominate someone to serve on the Committee, please let Caroline know. Her email address is: caroline.webber@greenolivepress.com

Voting rights are given to current members of the Society, so if you have not yet renewed your membership and would like to vote or stand for a position, please make sure you renew your membership before the meeting. Thank you to all those who have already renewed and to new members who have recently joined.

30th August                    Let’s Write! Online Writing Group (full)

This group is for new members to the Society.  From this group they can go on to join one of the other groups, numbers allowing.

For further information contact Paula Wilson, Let’s Write Facilitator: paulawilson1@optusnet.com.au  or click HERE to be taken to the Writers’ Group page of this website.

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The winners of the Kathryn Purnell Poetry prize

The winners of the Kathryn Purnell Poetry prize were announced during the monthly meeting held 30 July 2021. This year, there were almost fifty submissions to the prize and the calibre of the entrants was high. Congratulations to the following members:

1st place – ‘Solace’ by Beverley Lello
2nd place – ‘Cliff Paths’ by Mary Jones
3rd place – ‘Wild Swimming’ by Vanessa Potts
Highly Commended – ‘Hindsight’ by Judith Green
Highly Commended – ‘Understanding’ by Vanessa Hewson

Thank you to Tegan Schetrumpf who judged this year’s competition. Tegan’s report will be included in the August newsletter and the winning poems will be included in Sparx due for release October 2021.

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