Josephine has recently been appointed as the new Associate Editor at Westerly magazine, and will work alongside Editor Catherine Noske and the Westerly team to continue to develop the magazine as a platform for lively and intelligent fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and scholarly offerings. Josephine is also a member of the editorial board at Margaret River Press, and reviews regularly for Australian Book Review.
Congratulations to Morgane Johnson for achieving a Highly commended in the Tim Winton Young Writer’s Awards for her story, “New Beginnings” Morgane is a home educated student under the tutelage of Brooke Dunnell, the facilitator of the weekly homeschool writing group held at the Peter Cowan Writers Centre.
Congratulations to member, Hannah van Didden, on her recent shortlisting in the inaugural Peter Carey Short Story Award conducted by the Moorabool Shire Libraries. Hannah’s story ‘Gerald Bantam Says Goodbye’ was one of sixteen shortlisted finalists from 252 entries. Well done, Hannah.
A PIECE OF GOOD LAND – A Memoir by Val Carter
Published by Vivid Publishing, September 2016
Four Corners is a 3600-acre farm nestled away in the Shire of Dandaragan in Western Australia. When Ron and Val Carter first acquired it in 1955, it was virgin scrub land — no communication, no electricity, just acres of bush. They envisioned
a viable farm where cattle grazed and crops flourished; a place where they could raise their growing family. Over twenty-five years, they developed that land one small piece at a time, fighting against many struggles: droughts that almost wiped out their flocks of sheep and out-of-control bushfires that threatened to burn away everything they were working towards. This inspirational story is about family, community and hard work; but most of all, about never giving up on their dreams, no matter how many obstacles they faced, including snooty bank managers who told them, ‘You’ll never make it.’ (Anon Author)
For more details and to order a copy – $33 http://valcarter.com.au/
Congratulations to Hannah van Didden on her longlisting in the international Fish Memoir Prize with her piece ‘Water and Light’. Well done, Hannah.
Congratulations to Hannah van Didden on her long-listing in the Fish Short Story Contest with her story ‘Dark Undertakings’. Hannah’s story was one of 190 recognised in the long-list from 1300 international entries in the 2016/17 competition. Well done, Hannah.
Congratulations to Hannah van Didden who was a finalist in the Iceland Writers’ Retreat Alumni Award which provides recipients with a fully funded or partially funded residency at the Iceland Writers’ Retreat. Hannah was one of 30 finalists selected from over 600 applications from around the globe. The residencies are merit-based and the selection of the four alumni is highly competitive. Well done, Hannah for your selection as a finalist.
Congratulations to Susan Braghieri on her second placing in the Scribes ‘Short Takes’ Prose Competition with her story ‘The Room They No Longer Enter’. You can read Susan’s story on the Scribes website at: http://www.scribeswriters.com/—2nd-short-story.html
Rashida Murphy will be appearing at Nedlands Library for an author talk on her novel The Historian’s Daughter on 16 November from 10.30 – 11.30 am.
Rashida will also be appearing at the Perth Writers Festival in February. The full program for the festival will be released in mid-January or keep an eye on the website at: https://perthfestival.com.au/perth-writers-festival/