I just attended the City of Melton Short Story Awards and was awarded third prize for my short story Best Friend for a Day. I’m quite chuffed because this is an extract of my memoir. The original chapter is 6,000 words, but this section stood alone very successfully at 1,500 words. So I’ll be using this strategy more in the future and submitting extracts for competitions.
This year I had the opportunity to work with Year 9 and 10 students running creative writing workshops at Gisborne Secondary College funded by Artists in Schools. Last night I attended the launch of the anthology featuring the students’ stories.
The launch was a wonderful celebration of the student’s hard work and it gave me the opportunity to catch up with so many of them. I love young people, their passion, and their inspiration and it’s such a privilege to have been involved in their first publication.
I got to hear about how the project has positively impacted on the students in terms of them gaining confidence to submit for publication, and to write essays and other tasks in their English classes. The school is also inspired to continue developing writing programs. They have the wonderful fortune of having a published author, Tracey Mcguire on their staff, who will be leading the way and plans are underway for a festival and further writing programs.
I had the best time and am still on a high. It's so great to have these moments and see the positive impact I've had. I love teaching!
I attended the Page Seventeen launch and read my published poem Drill Sergeant. I didn't have a video camera so I taped myself reading my poem when I came home. Hope you enjoy watching.
If you’re interested in checking out the Page Seventeen issue check out the Busy Bird website here. They also publish untitled, a journal of short stories and are seeking submissions for their next issue and are also running a short story competition.
The judge of the short story competition is the super talented Koraly Dimitriadis. She’s published her book Love & fuck poems and it is being launched on the 6 December at Brunswick Book Store. Read my goodreads review of Koraly’s poetry chapbook which she has reissued as a gorgeous book.
So excited to announce that my poem Drill Sargent has been shortlisted in the Page Seventeen competition. This means it's going to be published in Issue 10 and I'm in with a chance of winning. I'm just happy with the acknowledgement as poetry is a new genre I've been dabbling in and wasn't sure whether I had the chops for it. Now I know that I need to keep following the muse.
I'm running fortnightly creative writing workshops at Caroline Springs and Melton Library for young people aged 12-25. If you know anyone in the Western suburbs who might be interested pass this on. View all the information in the flyer below.
Well I've been a busy bee revamping my website and I have to say I'm quite chuffed with it. So take a look around and let me know what you think.
So far I'm loving Weebly. It's super easy to use and it's set up so that pages are designed with elements you drag over. Best of all it looks beautiful.
I am an author, reader and teacher. My memoir Things Nobody Knows But Me about being parented by a Bi Polar mother from a Non-English Speaking Background was published by Transit Lounge in 2019 and was shortlisted for the 2020 National Biography Award. Read more about it here.
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