POSTAL WORKSHOP PICNIC HELD 21 JANUARY 2017 FITZROY GARDENS
It was great to gather together again, but the bright sunshine was a stark contrast to the dark events of the previous day in the CBD. It added a sombre tone to a day known more for its laughter.
A private function meant the public could not access the facilities inside the Pavilion Cafe, but staff served patrons and passersby, including two policewomen on their well-trained horses, with lunch and/or coffees in the outdoor seating area.
With ten SWWV members present I wasn’t a participant in all conversations, but I heard several, ‘I’m going to write more’ this year, ‘be more organised with my writing’, ‘submit more regularly to my Postal Workshop’ or ‘send my work out into the world’. Other members shared advice on editing and publishing, particularly digital publishing some wish to explore. A highlight for me, as Co-ordinator of the Postal Workshops, was to hear a member say they wouldn’t be writing what they did, if it wasn’t for the advice and support they receive from their Postal Workshop. Others agreed.
While the Picnic is a social gathering, I urge each of you to remind yourselves, throughout the year, of these intentions. When we gather again on 20th January 2018, rather than talking of what we intend to do, I hope we are all excited about the fulfilment of our 2017 intentions.
Postal Workshop Coordinator
The photo below shows Postal Workshop members on the day enjoying the company of like-minded women. From left to right: Mary Jones, Beth Wunderlich, Betty Chan, Shirley Whiteway, Blaise van Hecke, Judith Green, Nenia Tavrou and Del Nightingale. Missing is Meryl Tobin who was behind the camera.