Literary Events

Literary Event - Wednesday 9 February 2022


Time:  1:00 pm – 2.15 pm


Di Yerbury Residency

A presentation will be made by our patron, Professor Emerita Di Yerbury to the winner of the 2022 Di Yerbury Residency Award, followed by the Judges’ Report and Winner’s Response.

This Award is for a writing residency for a female writer, generously donated by Di Yerbury. The residency is located in the North Devon town of Barnstaple, UK. As a major tourist centre, Barnstaple has excellent public transport and car access to the moors, famous beaches and pretty villages. Accommodation is in a comfortably-furnished, one-bedroom apartment in a retirement village in Barnstaple for a period of up to three months. 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the fact that the 2020 and 2021 winners have not yet taken up residence … the 2022 residency dates will follow … with the possibility it may be 2023/24.


Member Speaker – Felicity Pulman: A Room of One’s Own

Felicity Pulman’s novels for children, young adults and adults reflect her interest in history, crime, myths and legends. As the inaugural winner of the SWW Di Yerbury writers’ residency award, she’ll talk about how valuable it is for an author to have peace and quiet for research and reflection while weaving dreams into stories. Felicity completed The Once and Future Camelot, sequel to I, Morgana, while in Barnstaple, and visited famous sites associated with King Arthur, including Glastonbury and Tintagel. Lately, she’s been busy revising and updating her award-winning Shalott trilogy, introducing a new generation of teenagers to this timeless legend.


Guest Speaker – Amanda Hampson: Why I Write about Older Women

I love that older women are so beautifully portrayed in novels now, and Amanda Hampson leads the way. Better Reading Review

Amanda Hampson is an internationally-published, bestselling author of six novels: The Olive Sisters, Two for the Road, The French Perfumer, The Yellow Villa, Sixty Summers and Lovebirds (Penguin). She has carved a niche for herself, featuring older women as her main characters and will discuss her reasons and how she develops her characters. 

Amanda’s first novel was published at 50 and you can find out more about that journey here:


Book and pay:
$10 members, $15 non-members

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      The Society of Women Writers NSW Inc
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      Account:  00950433
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