Clare Valley writers festival 2013

Rural scene, Clare Valley, South Australia


Clare Valley Writers’ week: bringing readers and writers together.

November 25th – December 1st 2013.

In recent days I have written about several other writers ‘festivals here in South Australia. Late in the year there is another one scheduled to be held in the Clare Valley in the mid-north of South Australia. This was my home town until we moved to Murray Bridge some 30 years ago. My daughter now lives in Clare, just around the corner from where she lived as a young girl.

This is the inaugural writers’ festival in the Clare area. It has much to offer and a great deal of potential. Here is another example of reading, writing, fine food and wine coming together to celebrate not only our finest writers – the line up of speakers is impressive – but also our great food and wine heritage.

I plan to be there. I may even enter several of the writing competitions which are now open.

For further information click here.

For the curious and discerning reader you can read some of my writing on this site: just go to the contents section on the sidebar.

Rural scene, Clare Valley, South Australia




How sweet it is

How sweet it is to get paid for one’s writing!

I received the cheque in the mail today for the prize winning poem I entered in a recent competition. Nice to be acknowledged in a competition – and get paid for it. It has inspired me to write more poems and stories and send them off to publishers. It has also spurred me on to get the many manuscripts of books ready for sending off too. I have a nice little collection of texts for picture books and novels for children just waiting for a final edit and a cover letter.

In addition to the cheque I also received a lovely certificate as the winning poet. Nice.

Good writing.

Prize Winning Poetry

Yahoo – I’m doing the writer’s jig again and again and again.

I just received notification this morning that I have won first prize in a Literary Competition. It was for a suite of poems in sonnet form and was entered in the Traditional Rhyming Poetry section. The competition was conducted by Freexpression magazine here in Australia, though entries were received from a number of countries.

It was hard work – a labour of love I guess. But getting recognition like this is very encouraging, especially seeing some of the place getters are frequent competition winners.

And the cash prize is very nice.

Check out some of my poetry here.

Good writing.