Postal Workshops Annual Gathering, 2018


Mary jones, Sandra Topp, Anne-Marie Butt, Betty Chen.

Mary Jones, Sandra Topp, Anne-Marie Butt, Betty Chen.

Del Nightingale, Beth Wunderlich, Nenia Tavrou, Judith Green.

Del Nightingale, Beth Wunderlich, Nenia Tavrou, Judith Green.

Meryl Tobin, Del Nightingale, Beth Wunderlich.

Meryl Tobin, Del Nightingale, Beth Wunderlich.








Nine members attended our gathering at Cafe Vic, which was a good number considering our change of venue and extreme temperatures of the previous few days.  We were very fortunate with the weather as the previous Saturday and the following were very hot.

The Postal Workshops are a community of women writers but as we write and critique friendships develop. The January gathering is a mix of social interaction and ‘writers’ talk.  It is often the spring board for our writing as we once again focus on what we share throughout the year after the rush and busyness of Christmas and New Year.  With submissions due for the first issues of the Postal Workshop magazines members talk of what they have written or what their plans are for the months ahead.

For some of the members this January gathering is their only face-to-face contact with fellow members of the Society, the yearly catch-up with what has happened since the same-time last year.  Much laughter, chatter, stories to tell, delicious food to enjoy as poems and stories start to percolate as we share the frustrations and joys of a writing life.

Judith Green
Postal Workshops Co-ordinator



November (Christmas) Meeting

Last Meeting for 2017

Friday 24th November – Library at the Dock
Christmas Meeting
12.00pm–12.15pm: General Meeting
12.15pm–12.45pm: launch of Issue Two of Sparx
12.45pm–1.15pm: Lunch (bring a plate to share for Christmas festivity)
1.15pm–2.45pm: Christmas writing competition:  the competition is to keep to the theme of Christmas and festivity generally.  Pieces to be 400 words to be delivered in 4 minutes.

Sparx, issue two, will be available at the launch for $10. Features the following authors:

Sparx Issue 2Dulcie Stone
Janet Howie
Lin van Hek
Cher Chidzey
Jenny Hearn
E E Caldwell
Shirley Whiteway
Judith A Green
Sandra Ann Jobling
Mary Jones
Lorraine McGuigan
Rhonda Poholka


Vale, Phyllis Macleod

Phyllis MacleodMACLEOD, Phyllis May. Passed away peacefully on July 19, 2017 Aged 90 years.

With great sadness members farewell another member who made a significant contribution to the Society.
A former accountant, Phyl Macleod was entreated to take over as Treasurer in October, 1996. Despite not being able to get to meetings for the last two years she served, she managed the Society’s financial affairs for nearly nine years until August, 2005 and trained Del Nightingale to take over the office. At the inception of the Imprint postal magazine in February, 1999, Phyl became Editor.  She held this position for well over 11 years until October, 2010. She was also Postal Workshop Co-ordinator for about nine years from 1999 until 2008.

In the late 1990s she did a part-time Diploma of Arts (Professional Writing & Editing) at Chisholm Institute, Berwick, and studied the art of writing poetry under Doris Leadbetter.  This was a great help in her editing and writing work.
Her poems and short stories appeared in Centoria, Fifty Plus News, Imago, Poetry Monash, The Dawn and The Write Art and in numerous anthologies.  Her books include From Bernisdale to Bairnsdale: the story of Archibald and Colina Macleod and their descendants in Australia, 1821-1994, 1994 and Tilting at Windmills, 2000.

Vale on a life well lived, Phyl.
Meryl Brown Tobin



Postal Workshop Picnic



Sadly the Pavillion Cafe in the Fitzroy Gardens where we normally meet is closed.

Our venue for our gathering on 20TH January 2018 is at Cafe Vic at the Arts Centre at 11am. 

(This is behind the Theatre building under the spire, not Hamer Hall).  A five minute walk

from Flinders Street Station, it has both indoor/outdoor seating, easy access as

basically step-free, with gluten-free options on the menu.  However, there is no

bill splitting, so please bring some change with you to make it easier when gathering

our financial resources at the end.  I’ve made a booking for the 20th but would

appreciate knowing numbers before the day so the staff can join the appropriate

number of tables together for us.

The usual clause still applies – if the forecast temperature for Melbourne is 38 degrees

or higher on the day the Postal Workshop Picnic will be cancelled.

Looking forward to hearing about your writing successes/frustrations for 2017 and your

hopes/plans for 2018.

Judith Green (Postal Workshops Co-ordinator)


Writing Seminar

Flyer for seminarSWWV Writing Seminar The September meeting, on Friday 22nd September, will take the form of a writing seminar, covering three areas of interest to all writers, Polishing Prose, Publishing Smarts and the Business of Marketing. With a mix of hands-on workshops and industry speakers, you will gain valuable tools to enhance your writing and publishing experience and allow for better success.
The meeting is at the Library at the Dock, is free and open to all, but booking in advance is essential. For full details, click on the red link above. To book, click on the link here.


August Meeting (AGM)

Committee Members 2017


The August meeting consisted of the AGM followed by the announcement of the winners of the 2017 Kathryn Purnell Poetry Award.

The new members of the committee who were present at the meeting are shown in the photograph. They are:


Back row, L to R, Razmi Wahab (committee member and photographer), Paula Wilson (vice-president and website assistant), Mary Jones (committee member and website management), Lynne Santos (committee member and newsletter editor), Yvonne Sweeney (committee member).

Front row, L to R, Del Nightingale (treasurer, secretary and corporate affairs), Blaise Van Hecke (president), Jenny Hearne ( committee member and research).

Also elected but not present at the meeting was Judith Green (committee member and postal workshop co-ordinator).

There are still vacancies for Membership Secretary and Minutes Secretary – volunteers welcome!


Winners of Kathryn Purnell Poetry Prize

The winners of the Kathryn Purnell Poetry Award are:

1st   ‘You Are…’  Mary Jones.
2nd  ‘Washing Her Hair’  Lorraine McGuigan.
3rd  ‘Nest’  Lorraine McGuigan.
Honourable Mention  ‘Kangaroo’  Lorraine McGuigan, and ‘A Poet Speaks To Her Progenies’  Rhonda Poholke.

Mary Jones and Jennifer Compton

Mary Jones and Jennifer Compton

Lorraine McGuigan and Jennifer Compton

Lorraine McGuigan and Jennifer Compton


The prizes were presented at the August meeting by the judge, Jennifer Compton.