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!)


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/


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


April Meeting

Performance Poetry Talk and Workshop

We were fortunate to have a return visit from performance poet Krystle Herdy, who led a workshop at the April meeting. Members attending were all inspired by her enthusiasm to produce a short piece of poetry to perform, although many of them were not usually poetry-writers.


Change to May Meeting


Due to the unavailability of a speaker on legal matters for the May meeting there is a change in topic.


The workshop will cover both poetry and short story.
There will be – group discussions
– writing time
– reading of work written during the

Friday 25 May
Library at the Dock



New Patron: Hazel Edwards OAM

Errol Broome and Hazel Edwards

Errol Broome (L) and Hazel Edwards (R)

At the April meeting, we were delighted to welcome Hazel Edwards, OAM, who took over as Literary Patron of the society from Errol Broome.







Hazel Edwards OAM – our new Patron 

Best known for the children’s literature classic There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake series, Hazel Edwards writes for children, teenagers and adults.

With over 200 books published, Hazel runs non-boring workshops and mentors aspiring authors online. An enthusiastic Reading Ambassador, Hazel has a range of resources for teachers and children to encourage reading and writing within the classroom. Authorpreneurship: the Business of Creativity is useful for aspiring writers.

Hazel’s releases include: f2m: the boy within, and Trail Magic: Going Walkabout for 2184 Miles on the Appalachian Trail co-written with her THRU walker son Trevelyan who completed the 6 month trail. Hazel’s memoir Not Just a Piece of Cake: Being an Author is gaining 5-star reviews. Hijabi Girl has a class performance script available too. Hippo! Hippo! the Garry Ginivan musical is touring nationally. Celebrant Sleuth, an adult mystery, is Hazel’s latest publication.

As you can see from this impressive body of work, and by the work that Hazel does in the literary community, we are very fortunate to have her as our Patron. Hazel will be a valuable member of our community to further enhance the work that we do as a group.


Vale Patricia O’Keefe

A young PatPatricia O’Keefe, much valued SWWV member and Postal Workshop Editor, died on 10th April, a month before her 80th birthday. She will be sadly missed by her many writing friends.

A tribute to her can be found here

Pat O’Keefe 180501 VALE

Below is a picture from 2013, of one of the happy occasions when Pat was well enough to attend one of the Postal Workshop picnics.


Pat at Postal Workshop picnic 2013

Enjoying each other’s company at the SWWV Poetry Workshop Members Picnic on Sat, Jan 19, 2013, are from left to right: Judith Green, Postal Workshop Coordinator and Editor, Carpe Diem; Paula Wilson, Editor, Spring; Meryl Tobin; Lynne Murphy; Nenia Tavrou and Pat O’Keefe, Editor, Ariadne’s Thread.