Winter

Here in the room, the fire crackles, and in the distance, the clatter of the roller-coaster.

So This Is Winter, Jennifer Bryce

In our corner of the southern hemisphere the weather is turning colder and the nights are drawing in. And so, a year on from its first broadcast, our special wintry edition of Cover to Cover has been scheduled to hit the Vision Australia Radio airwaves again on 10 & 12 July.

We hope you’ll be able to join us, wherever you are, and whatever your season. We’ll provide listening information closer to the broadcast date. In the meantime, stay safe and sound.

St Kilda Historical Society Short Story Competition

From Jennifer’s website, details of a new short-story competition she’s involved in:

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I’m involved in setting up an excellent new short story competition to bejudged by local Melbourne writer Lee Kofman https://leekofman.com.au/   The competition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the St Kilda Historical Society, but it isn’t necessary to be a resident of St Kilda to enter and the story doesn’t have to be historical — just some link to St Kilda. There is no entrance fee and there are good prizes: first prize in the open section is $1000 with prizes of $500 and $250 for second and third places. There is also a junior section with a first prize of $500 and $250 and $100 for second and third places. Full information is at https://stkildahistory.org.au/news-and-events/coming-events/item/348-short-story-competition

The competition closes on 7th August.

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Vision Australia Radio update

Vision Australia Radio COVID-19 update: we’re here and on air.

As part of VAR’s current programming, past editions of Cover to Cover are being broadcast every weekday at 1PM. There’s a reasonable chance of one of the Elwood Writers specials being among those repeats. So to find out, why not tune in and enjoy some lunchtime storytelling every day. If you’re not in Australia, you can always listen to Vision Australia Radio online.

Please see the full Vision Australia Radio services update here.

For information on Vision Australia’s response to COVID-19, click here.

Back to School

In case you missed the show this weekend, or if you want to listen again, the podcast is available on the ‘Podcasts & Recordings’ page here on the website. You’ll see the page listed over in the right-hand sidebar.

Elwood Writers

Go back to school this week as Vision Australia Radio repeats a favourite episode of its weekly literary program Cover to Cover from January 2018, featuring stories written and in some cases read on air by Elwood Writers. You can hear the show in Melbourne at 8:00pm this Friday, repeated Sunday at 1:30pm. For timings in other cities and locations around Australia, check the VAR website. And as usual the show can be heard online from anywhere in the world by using the ‘listen live’ feature on the VAR website:

https://radio.visionaustralia.org/

Happy listening!

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Back to School

Go back to school this week as Vision Australia Radio repeats a favourite episode of its weekly literary program Cover to Cover from January 2018, featuring stories written and in some cases read on air by Elwood Writers. You can hear the show in Melbourne at 8:00pm this Friday, repeated Sunday at 1:30pm. For timings in other cities and locations around Australia, check the VAR website. And as usual the show can be heard online from anywhere in the world by using the ‘listen live’ feature on the VAR website:

https://radio.visionaustralia.org/

Happy listening!

FURTHER TASTES FROM ADELAIDE WRITERS’ WEEK

Adelaide’s calling. We’ve been getting in the mood for Writers’ Week 2020 by revisiting WW posts from the archives. Here’s one by Jennifer from March 2018:

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I had heard of English novelist Alan Hollinghurst. His novel The Swimming Pool Library was openly gay at a time when such writing was still emerging from a murky, clandestine time and it was the height of the ‘AIDS Crisis’. In 2004 Alan won the Man Booker prize with his novel The Line of Beauty.

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He was in Adelaide to discuss his latest book, The Sparsholt Affair, which, in five parts spanning the time of World War II to the 1990s, tells the story of three generations of Sparsholts and hinges on an affair that takes place in 1966. What a great name, I thought, it sounds a bit sinister.

The book starts in Oxford in October 1940, when the war had been going for just over a year. Alan pointed out that Oxford was both convenient to London and a safe distance from it. The MI5 had…

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Roomers #67 Summer 2020

Barry’s story ‘Love Always, Adrian’ is included in the current issue of Roomers, #67 Summer 2020: Will the real news please stand up?
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Yesterday I got chatting with an older man in a pub. I’m not sure why I was drawn to him. Something in his eyes, perhaps. I did very little of the talking. You know me. But I listened, as I like to, as tends to be my way.

The Summer 2020 issue of Roomers magazine is available now, and includes my short story ‘Love Always, Adrian’. The publication will be available online in the new year from the Roomers website. In the meantime copies can be picked up from various locations across Melbourne, including St Kilda Library.

Roomers #67 Summer 2020

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Broken Rules and Other Stories | May 2020, Transit Lounge

The new year has got off to a cracking start with news of Barry’s short-story collection coming out in May:

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Broken Rules and Other Stories is my first collection of fiction. It’s being published in May by Transit Lounge.

The collection is included in The Sydney Morning Herald feature ‘The books to read in 2020’.


From derelict industrial districts, to a lonely highway diner, to the faded charm of a British seaside resort, these are stories of growing up marginalised and living in working-class England and Australia.

Supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, and developed with the support of a Fellowship from Varuna, the National Writers’ House.

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2019: Another Year Over

It’s been another lively year for Elwood Writers, both individually and collectively. There are too many highlights to pick and choose for an end-of-year wrap-up. But this might be a good opportunity to say special congratulations again to Jennifer, whose first novel Lily Campbell’s Secret was published in May, and launched at Readings in Carlton by Toni Jordan in June. And a happy hooray for Helen, whose poems were published far and wide this year, including two in the US. Two excerpts from Margaret’s full-length draft manuscript were published in American Writers Review (San Fedele Press). Well done, Margaret. And Barry had a short story included in the winter issue of Roomers magazine, and has also contributed to the brand new summer issue.

For a more comprehensive picture of all we’ve been up to, we’d invite you to take a look back at our posts over the year. You can access all our previous posts in the archives section on the right-hand side of this page.

Thanks very much for your company here on the website. We look forward to seeing you again in 2020. There are a couple of exciting projects lined up, and we’re itching to share more on these in the coming weeks. For now, happy reading and writing, and all the very best wishes of the season from Elwood Writers.