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Committee Nominations 2022


The Society of Women Writers NSW Inc. will hold its Annual General Meeting in the Dixson Room, State Library of NSW on Wednesday 10 August 2022, commencing at 1.00 pm.


Please use the Nomination Form below (at bottom of whole article) to nominate a member of the Society for any position on the Committee for 2022-23. Note – you and anyone you nominate must be a financial member of the Society. 


 


Postcard from Barnstaple, Devon 

By the time you read this, this year’s applications for the Di Yerbury Writer’s Residency may have closed. If not and you meet the criteria, do think about applying as it is a great opportunity. 


I am now in the second week of my three-month residency and really enjoying the freedom to write and explore this interesting old town. The first week was spent settling in and working out where essential food services etc. could be found. These are all located with walking distance so I am clocking up quite a few kilometres on my fitbit watch. I was delighted to find a real greengrocer which sells fruit and vegetables grown on their own farm not far from town. As a keen gardener, I am enjoying my chats with the owner, discussing what is grown here and what is imported. Blueberries from Morocco but local strawberries are divine. Was also tempted to buy the famous Devon clotted cream made by a local creamery. I succumbed. 


I am not a great fan of chain coffee shops so as I wander around the town, I am discovering little coffee shops in alleys and off the beaten track. This has led to new friendships and good coffee, with a story around every corner. So far, all these little gems, with the exception of the greengrocer, are run by vivacious and enterprising women. I warm to them and give them my business. In return they introduce me to other women and new stories. 


Last week I wandered into an arcade and a recently-opened shop called Black Street London Afrocentric (yes, another enterprising woman) which promotes artists and writers from a non-white background. As it happened, they were having their first book launch last Saturday and invited me to go. I met a most interesting writer, Melody Appleton, who has written Go Home Blackie, Growing Up Black in Britain in the Fifties and Sixties. I am meeting up with her next week to do an interview so watch this space. 


‘Do I detect a slight accent?’ people say. It appears I am starting to slip into my original English accent so they are not sure if I am Australian. They are delighted when I say I am. This is a very Anglo town and I haven’t noticed many people from diverse backgrounds so far. 


I am working on an historical fiction set in England, so high on my agenda are visits to the local museum. Been twice so far and connected with the curator, another enterprising young woman. Also joined the library and will return to check out their history collection today. It is looking like I might need to conjure up a character from Barnstaple for my story. 


We are so lucky our Patron Di Yerbury has made this accommodation available for women writers and I hope others will enjoy it in the future as much as I am now. 


Enough for now. Be in touch next month. 


Regards, 


Ann Beaumont 


 

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