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A PIECE OF GOOD LAND – A Memoir by Val Carter

Val's bookA 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/



Member’s Achievement

 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.


Author Talks – Rashiday Murphy, The Historian’s Daughter – 16 November

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.

RSVP to http://nedlands.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=1661&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2016/11/08

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/

More Member Achievements

Competition Achievements

Congratulations to PCWC member, Susan Braghieri on her selection as a finalist in the Tom Howard/John H Reid Fiction & Essay Contest with her story ‘The New Millennium’. This international contest had over 1400 entries this year. Well done, Susan.


Congratulations to PCWC Patron, Andrew Taylor, on his forthcoming poetry publication Impossible Preludes 2008-2014  published by Margaret River Press. Books can be purchased from the following link:


‘The Historian’s Daughter’ by Rashida Murphy

The Historian’s Daughter by Rashida Murphy – on sale now! 

PCWC member, Rashida Murphy’s debut novel The Historian’s Daughter is now available for purchase through UWA Publishing with free delivery within Australia. An e-book version of the novel is also available through Amazon, Kobo and Barnes and Noble.

In an old house with ‘too many windows and women’, high in the Indian hills, young Hannah lives with her older sister Gloria; her two older brothers; her mother – the Magician; a colourful assortment of aunts, blow-ins and misfits; and her father – the Historian. It is a world of secrets, jealousies and lies, ruled by the Historian but smoothed over by the Magician, whose kindnesses and wisdom bring homely comfort and all-enveloping love to a ramshackle building that seems destined for chaos.

And then one day the Magician is gone, Gloria is gone, and the Historian has spirited Hannah and her brothers away to a new and at first bewildering life in Perth. As Hannah grows and makes her own way through Australian life, an education and friendships, she begins to penetrate to the heart of one of the old house’s greatest secrets – and to the meaning of her own existence.

Visit: http://uwap.uwa.edu.au/products/the-historians-daughter


Winners from Westerly Writers Development Program

Westerly Writers Development Program

Congratulations to Amanda Gardiner (past Advanced Writers Course) on her selection for the Westerly Writer’s Development Program. Amanda will receive mentoring from Susan Midalia as part of the program.

Grieve Anthology, NSW Hunters Writers Centre

Congratulations to the following Members, past Advanced Poets, Advanced Writers, and workshop facilitators on selection for the Grieve anthology compiled by the Hunter Writers Centre:

Julie Watts for her piece, Calvary, which won The National Association of Loss and Grief Award. Julie also has two other pieces in the anthology.

Hannah van Didden         The Very In-between

Kevin Gillam                      Ceilings of Cloud

Andrew Lansdown           Dearly Departed

Allan Padgett                    Once More in Goroka

Other WA writers to feature in the edition include: Jeanette Giroud, Joanne Mills, Lorraine Horsley, and KMJ Brann.

The anthology can be purchased from the following link: http://www.hunterwriterscentre.org/grieve-project.html

Competition Successes

Congratulations to Susan Braghieri who received a Commended award for her piece ‘Uh-sim-uh-leyt’ in the FAWWA Hadow/Stuart Short Story Prize, and to Gayle Malloy for her shortlisting in the KSP Ghost Story Competition.


Westerly: New Creative edition out now for free download!


Congratulations to the following PCWC Members and past Advanced Writers/Poets course participants on their selection for the Westerly: New Creative edition, or for their role as guest editors, with the edition showcasing the writing of emerging WA writers:


Susan Braghieri                 Black on Black

Ross Jackson                     in singapore

Elanna Herbert                  Processing Afghan Asylum Seekers

Kylie J. Stevenson             Seasons past

Rashida Murphy                Guest Editor

Josephine Taylor              Guest Editor


Westerly: New Creative can be downloaded for free as a PDF or e-pub file from the following link: