KEYNOTE SPEAKER - Louise Allan - Second Novel Syndrome: What it is, how to overcome it and strategies to get you by should you be struck down by it
Louise Allan is an Australian writer and former doctor. Her début novel, ‘The Sisters’ Song’ (Allen and Unwin, 2018), won the 2018 Tina Kane Emergent Writer Award, was shortlisted for the 2014 City of Fremantle—TAG Hungerford Award and awarded a Varuna Residential Fellowship. Louise was the 2019 Scholarship Writer in Residence at Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre. She lives in Perth, Western Australia, with her family and two dogs, and is currently writing her second novel.
Set in rural Tasmania from the 1920s to the 1990s, The Sisters' Song traces the lives of two very different sisters, one for whom giving and loving are her most natural qualities and the other who cannot forgive and forget. As children, Ida loves looking after her younger sister, Nora, but when their beloved father dies in 1926, everything changes. The two young girls move in with their grandmother who is particularly encouraging of Nora's musical talent. Nora eventually follows her dream of a brilliant musical career, while Ida takes a job as a nanny and their lives become quite separate.
‘This debut novel from a gentle and perceptive new voice in Australian fiction is deeply evocative of a bygone era … This is a story we live through on every page which underlines the painful reality of history repeating itself through generations but delivers a powerful and cathartic final message.’ The Australian Women’s Weekly. The Sisters’ Song can be purchased online from Allen and Unwin, Booktopia and all good bookstores..
MEMBER SPEAKER - 14 September - Dorothy Keyworth - Grace Perry, Publisher of Poetry Australia
Dorothy Keyworth has always been passionate about poetry. As Dot Jensen, she wrote Australian Poetry: Tradition and Challenge 1987 for Thomas Nelson, and collected Top Lines an anthology of Australian poets with teaching notes for Phoenix Education. She wrote an Honours Thesis on Gwen Harwood in 1987. She was Head Teacher English and History at Jannali Girls High and Head Teacher at St George Girls High until she retired in 1995.
Dorothy did an M.A. with Leonie Kramer 1968-70 and began a PhD in 1990. She edited a national magazineThe English Teacher for five years for Ashton Scholastics. Dorothy joined the Society of Women Writers in 1996 when Patricia Gaut was President. She had judged student writing competitions for Hilarie Lindsay and was researching in Mitchell Library. With Jan Williams they ran three-day writers’ workshops at Plunkett St Primary, University of New South Wales and Macquarie University. Jan encouraged her to enter a version of her Thesis on “Grace Perry: Poet, Publisher of Poetry Australia, Paediatrician and Breeder of Simmental Bulls” the FAW Walter Stone Biography Award for which judge, Professor Elizabeth Webby awarded her First Prize and president, Beverley Earnshaw awarded her a gold medal and $1000.
Dorothy gained a Literature Board grant to publish her shorter version. Dorothy remains an enthusiastic member of SWW and Harbourside Poets. Her abridged version of THE REMARKABLE GRACE PERRY Poet, Publisher of Poetry Australia, Paediatrician and Breeder of Simmental Bulls” by Dorothy Jensen is available at Amazon.com.au for $4.17 on Kindle or Amazon.com as paperback or digital (not shipping to Australia at the moment).
$10 for SWW Members and $15 for Non Members!
Conducted via Zoom – Meeting details will be sent by email to all who Register
ZOOM Speakers Event - Wednesday 14 October, 2020 AND Workshop Event - Wednesday 21 October, 2020. You MUST BOOK for September 16 and September 9 separately through trybooking – see links below
Speakers Event - Wednesday 14 October, 2020
$10 for Members and $15 for Non Members
This will facilitate your joining the Keynote Presentation and Workshop. On the day of each session you will be emailed and invited to join the meeting.
WORKSHOP PRESENTER - 21 October - Ella Jeffery - The Self in the World: Poetry and Place
Where are you right now? What do you notice about your surroundings? So often, we don’t pay much attention to the places we move through every day. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to bring the world around you into the space of your poems. Poems about travel, about landscape, about memory, about home — they all require a close attention to place, and in this workshop you will develop some practical skills to help focus your attention on place, bringing depth and detail to your poetry. You’ll learn new ways to make places – both familiar and unfamiliar, real and imagined – come alive in your poetry, and make the reader feel as if they’re really there.
Ella Jeffery is an award winning poet. Her first book of poems, Dead Bolt, won the Puncher & Wattmann Prize for a First Book of Poems and is published in June 2020. She is a recipient of the 2019 Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Award and her poetry has appeared in many journals and anthologies including Best Australian Poems, Meanjin, Southerly and Griffith Review. She co-edits Stilts, a digital poetry journal, and holds a PhD from Queensland University of Technology, where she currently teaches creative writing. Dead Bolt can be purchased via Puncher & Wattmann: https://www.puncherandwattmann.com/books/book/dead-bolt/
Workshop Event - Wednesday 21 October, 2020
$10 for Members and $15 for Non Members