Meet some of our members . . .
L to R (above): Jean Kent, Robert Watson, Jan Dean, Reeze Dryden, Michael Sala, Magdalena Ball
Congratulations to Hunter Region writers Michael Sala and Ryan O'Neill
shortlisted for The NSW Premier's New Writing Award 2013.
The Hunter's very own Michael Sala and Ryan O'Neill are on the "New Writing" Shortlist of 6 finalists. Let's wish them well. Congratulations Michael and Ryan.
HWC member Magdalena Ball
Magdalena is a long time member of Hunter Writers Centre and runs the well respected review site The Compulsive Reader. Her short stories, editorials, poetry, reviews and articles have appeared in a wide number of printed anthologies and journals and have won local and international awards for poetry and fiction. She is the author of the poetry books and Quark Soup, the novels Black Cow, and Sleep Before Evening, and a nonfiction book The Art of Assessment. She also runs a radio show, The Compulsive Reader Talks. Here is an excerpt from the review of the recently published Joyful Strains - twenty-seven memoirs from
writers describing their expatriation to Australia: what they found, who they became and what they now think of Australia
Chairman Russell Blackford
Russell is a philosopher, a literary critic, and sometimes a creative writer – specialising in fantasy and science fiction. He was based in Melbourne for many
years, but returned to Newcastle, where he grew up, in 2009. He is chairman of the HWC board and has two websites:
Mind the Gap - Disability Matters
HWC Member Catherine Mahony's business "Mind the Gap" provides consultancy, education, training, research, evaluation and information to the disability sector.
HWC member Mark Liston
Mark Liston is a member of Hunter Writer's Centre and was the Australian Cafe Poet in Residence (Newcastle) in 2012. He has published his poetry in a number of anthologies and had poems exhibited in Canada. His new collection is "Fragile Diamonds"
Read a poem by Mark Liston:
HWC member Jan Dean
Jan has a tanka published in Take Five: Best Contemporary Tanka, Volume 4 edited by M. Kei (USA). They read over eighteen thousand to select the best for this final volume in his series. The book is available at Amazon.com
The 7th International Tanka Festival Competition, 2012 by Japan Tanka Poets' Society received 589 entries from all over the world. The judges are Jane Reichhold (U. S. A.), Beverley George (Australia), Aya Yuhki (Japan) and Yasuhiro Kawamura (Japan). Jan Dean's tanka were judged "excellent" and "fine".
Enjoy a tank by Jan:
Member Jenny Blackford
HWC Board member Jenny Blackford poem was chosen for the Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror of 2010. She publishes in the NSW School Magazine and has a story in the US YA anthology Futuredaze. She also has a poem 'Their Cold Eyes Pierced My Skin' in the current issue of The Pedestal Magzine - an online US literary magazine. See her website
Local author Michael Sala's Memoir 'The Last Thread'
'The Last Thread' is Michael Sala's fascinating life in fiction. From his early years in the Netherlands to growing up in Australia during the 1980s, Michael recalls the secret surrounding his estranged Greek father and how scandalous events from the past fractured his family. This is a moving chronicle of a boy's turbulent relationship with his bullying stepfather, aloof older brother and adored mother whose cheerful apathy has devastating consequences. As his life unfolds Michael must decide if he can free himself from the dark pull of the past.
Praise for The Last Thread
'Michael Sala has a rare gift: in prose that takes your breath away, he tells a story of heart-rending sorrow without a trace of sentimentality. His debut as a novelist is one to celebrate.' Raimond Gaita
Sala was shortlisted for the Australian/Vogel Literary Award and his three-time selection for The Best Australian Stories.
Member Margaret Young
1968 - Margaret Young provides a transistor radio to PTE Colin McLeod at 8th Field Ambulance, Nui Dat 1968. Read the story behind the picture
Member Christine Gregory author of 'Alison's Camels'
Synopsis: City girl, Alison, eleven, visits her grandpa every school holiday while her mum stays in the city working hard.This visit she is shocked to find her crazy grandpa has four scary camels in his paddock! Alison wants to go home, but mum insists she stays to help her grandpa and learn to love his unruly camels. Alison's Camels is a 20 chapter junior children's novel for readers 8-12, (or earlier readers) and adults who like a good adventure and set in fictional BOANNA BAY. The books are $20 and available from Macleans Booksellers or Sunset Books, Raymond Terrace
Members Who Blog
Jean Kent: http://jeankent.net.au/bloggers-block/
Phoenix de Carteret: http://www.peripheralnews.blogspot.com.au/
Anthony Wood: http://wantforwords.wordpress.com/
Kate Moore: http://katiecrackernuts.blogspot.com/
Brendan Lawrence: http://brendanlawrence.blogspot.com.au/
James Turvey: http://suburbansnakes.tumblr.com/
Rob Towner: http://robt.info/
Catherine Moffat blogs to the Meanjin, Overland and if: Book project: http://meanland.com.au
Mark Maclean: http://hamiltonnorth.wordpress.com/
Hollie Pich: holliereads.wordpress.com/
HWC Member Jean Kent
Jean Kent has won major awards for her writing including the National Library Poetry Prize, the Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize and the Dorothy Porter Prize. Her first book Verandahs won the Anne Elder Prize and the Dame Mary Gilmore Award. Jean received a six months residency last year from the Literature Board at the Keesing Studio in the Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris. Travelling with the Wrong Phrasebooks was her new book of 2012. http://jeankent.net.au/life/
HWC member Rosemarie Milsom is Journalist of the Year
Congratulations to Rosemarie Milsom for winning Journalist of the Year at the recent annual Northern NSW Journalism Awards. Read Rosemarie's winning story
Rosemarie organises the Newcastle Writers Festival
HWC Member Robert Watson
Coach to Authors - Business Coach - Robert Watson is presenting our non-fiction seminar on June 29th. This workshops will examine: reasons for writing non-fiction, what's in your head vs. what's on paper, flow and structure, marketing and book proposals. For business people, bloggers who want to publish, history and travel memoir writers. Email email@example.com to book.
HWC Member Peter Beale
Peter's new military fiction Stranglehold is available as an e-book here. It asks 'what if'?
If the British had moved straight on after the capture of Antwerp in September 1944 the war might have been over by Christmas, with thousands of lives spared. Stranglehold imagines how this could have happened.
Congratulations Peter, we look forward to reading Stranglehold!
HWC Board member Reeze Dryden
Reeze is a multi-published author who writes for Harlequin
Mills and Boon under the pen-name of Michelle Douglas. She has a BA (Hons) and MPhil (Creative Writing) from the University of Newcastle. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Romance Writers of Australia, the Varuna Alumni, and the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance. She has run writing workshops and appeared on numerous author panels. www.michelle-douglas.com
Member Tamara Kidd - please allow time for article to load
HWC Member Cynthia Hyde shortlisted
HWC member Cynthia Hyde has had two stories shortlisted in this year's Bridport Prize Flash Fiction. Cynthia says "I love flash fiction, it’s fast and it’s fun, and being shortlisted is great encouragement for me to keep doing what I’m doing." Congratulations, Cynthia.
She also submitted a micro-fiction piece to Summer Literary Seminars Unified Literary Contest and was one of thirty runners up out of 1600 entrants worldwide. Congratulations, Cynthia.
HWC Member Catherine Moffat
Member Catherine Moffat, won the Katharine Susannah Pritchard speculative fiction award 2013. The judges wrote that her story 'Siren' "stood out because of its consistent voice." Congratulations, Catherine. She also won 3rd prize in the 2012 Newcastle Short Story Award. She blogs to the collaborative project between Meanjin, Overland and if: Book
Member Mark Maclean
Mark's book A Year Down the Drain: Walking in Styx Creek topped the 2012 Independent Booksellers' charts for several weeks in 2012 and was Maclean's Booksellers No. 4 bestseller in 2012.
See Mark's website
HWC member Bev Henwood
Bev's piece has been accepted into the Catchfire Press anthology
Member David Graham
Congratulations to David who has been made the poet-in-residence by Australian Poetry at One Penny Black.
Member Rob Towner
HWC member Robert Towner picture book - Romy's Garden Adventures: Christmas City was Amazon's No. 1 downloaded children's book and in the top 100 books of any genre in December. Congratulations!
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