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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?
Reblogging this post from barryleethompson.com

Barry Lee Thompson

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:

Barry Lee Thompson

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.

Winning Poetry

Helen McDonald’s poem ‘In deep blue’ is a prize winner in July’s Poetry Matters competition. That piece, along with Helen’s ‘A Friday, like any other’, is published in the always excellent Poetry Matters journal (Issue 36, July 2019). The theme of the issue is ‘runaway world’. More information on the work of Poetry Matters is available here.

Many congratulations to Helen!

A peaceful weekend and happy reading and writing to everyone.

Winter 2019 Cover To Cover, Vision Australia Radio

Wintry stories and music can be enjoyed whatever the season, wherever you are. Listen to Elwood Writers read their winter-themed work on the recent special edition of Cover To Cover, Vision Australia Radio’s weekly literary program, originally broadcast 12 July 2019.

The program is available on the Podcasts & Recordings page of this site, linked here. Happy listening.

Thanks for dropping by the Elwood Writers website. See you again soon.


Cover To Cover is recorded in the studios of Vision Australia Radio in Melbourne.
Producer: Tim McQueen.

Poetry to our ears

Congratulations to Helen on winning ‘Poet of the Month’ at the July Chamber Poets meeting in Woodend with her poem ‘Stark Against the Sky’. If you use Facebook, you can find out about Chamber Poets here.

And Helen’s poems ‘A Friday, like any other …’ and ‘In Deep Blue’ are published in Poetry Matters Issue 36 – the 2019 Competition edition. You can read more about Poetry Matters here.

Up-coming Q & A on Lily Campbell’s Secret

On Monday evening, Jennifer will be in conversation with Peter Craven at Readings Bookshop St Kilda, discussing the writing of her recently published novel ‘Lily Campbell’s Secret’. She’ll be joined on the night by fellow Elwood Writers Margaret and Barry. See the following post from Jennifer’s website for more information and event details:

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People who live in Melbourne will be able to attend an event on Monday 12th August, 6.30 pm at Readings Bookshop, Acland Street, St Kilda. I will be ‘in conversation’ with Peter Craven, discussing the writing of Lily Campbell’s Secret. Members of my writing group, Elwood Writers elwoodwriters.com  will be there too, to give insights into the way members of a writing group can support each other.

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The Readings Carlton book launch

Elwood Writers meets together every second Tuesday and we have been doing this for over 10 years. Some keys to our success may be that the group is small: just four people — so there is always time to discuss everyone’s work. We work on somewhat different genres: short stories, memoir, poetry, and I focus on longer fiction. Our meetings run for about three hours with a formal agenda that also allows time for a bit of…

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