The Society Has A New President

At the Annual General Meeting held online via Zoom on Friday 28th August 2020 Caroline Webber writer, editor, publisher and proprietor of Green Olive Press was elected as President of the Society of Women Writers Victoria.

In her acceptance speech Caroline said –

I am honoured to have been elected President of the Society. This year is a special year as the Society celebrates its 50thanniversary. What a remarkable achievement and members past and present can feel proud knowing they have helped achieve this golden anniversary milestone. Special thanks to Paula Wilson, the immediate past President, for doing such a great job leading the Society for the past two years. With the support of Hazel Edwards OAM, the Society’s Patron, the Committee and the broader membership, I hope that the activities, events and workshops we have planned we keep the Society on course for another fifty years.

I have always been passionate about books and writing. I read anything and everything I could lay my hands on and would often read by torch under the bedcovers after lights out. When I was ten years old, I published a monthly newspaper and sold photocopies of it to friends and family members.

I studied English Literature at university and read widely. After completing a Masters in Renaissance and Romantic Literature, I started working in the not-for-profit sector and wrote a number of technical documents, funding applications and tender responses – some more interesting than others! I was then fortunate enough to find someone willing to supervise my doctorate research on Ann Radcliffe and editorial techniques in the eighteenth century and this paved my way into the publishing industry, initially as an editor and then as a publisher.

In 2007, I established Green Olive Press, an independent publishing company. The inspiration for the name was derived at a dinner party in the company of good friends, bottles of wine and bowls of olives. Olive trees are hardy and strong. Old olive trees have lived through a lot. They have wisdom and knowledge, and if they could speak, they would have many stories to tell. I thought it would be a perfect name and since then I have been helping people tell their stories.

In 2007, I established Green Olive Press, an independent publishing company. The inspiration for the name was derived at a dinner party in the company of good friends, bottles of wine and bowls of olives. Olive trees are hardy and strong. Old olive trees have lived through a lot. They have wisdom and knowledge, and if they could speak, they would have many stories to tell. I thought it would be a perfect name and since then I have been helping people tell their stories.

I love working with words and, as an editor usually work with other people’s words. In recent years, I have started to write again and have been dabbling with various forms and writing styles. I joined the Society of Women Writers Victoria because I wanted to improve my writing skills, develop new techniques and meet with like-minded people. I haven’t been disappointed! Since I have been a member I have participated in some first-class workshops and have met some wonderful, supportive fellow writers.