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August 2016
 
The Society of Women Writers VIC
Committee 2016
President: Blaise van Hecke
Vice-president: Del Nightingale
Treasurer: Del Nightingale
Vice-treasurer: Pat Arts
Membership Secretary: Shirley Whiteway
Newsletter editor: Lynne Santos & Mary Jones
Website coordinators: Pat Arts & Mary Jones
Minutes Secretary: Judith Green
Postal workshop coordinator: Judith Green
Outreach coordinators: Pat Arts & Jenny Hearn
Journal committee: Errol Broome, Paula Wilson, Lynne Santos, Maribel Steel, Blaise van Hecke, Mary Jones
The SWWVic is all about the love of the written word. Through mentorship, we strive for women to attain confidence and skills in their writing.
REMINDER

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP FEES ARE NOW DUE!

WELCOME

To our newest member Maribel Steel
Details for Next Meeting
Upcoming Meeting at Ross House, 4th Floor Hayden Raysmith Room
 
Final meeting & Christmas Party!
Friday 25 November 11am–2pm (committee meeting 2pm–3pm)
Annual Christmas writing competition and end of year break-up. Please bring a plate to share.
 
There are NO meetings in December & January

 
President's Letter
 
Dear Members,
Season’s Greetings to you all! I am scratching my head, wondering where 2016 has gone as the end of the year rushes towards me. But I do feel that we have had a productive and fun year at the SWW Vic and I am looking forward to more in 2017.
 
Unfortunately we have lost some long-standing members, which is very sad, and there have been some members experiencing health issues themselves or with family members. All we can do is offer support to each other and use our writing to express these events, which are all part of life.
 
I’d like to thank you all for supporting me in my presidency and look forward to working with you all for the continued success of our group. I am especially excited to be progressing with the journal for publication in April 2017.
 
Be sure to use the quiet time during January to catch up on your writing and reading. Don’t forget that we have our picnic on Saturday 21 January. All are welcome
 
Until next month, keep writing!
 
Blaise van Hecke

 
Statement of Purposes
 
1.  To draw together practicing women writers.
2.  To encourage women writers to achieve professional status by the regular conduct              of:
      a.  workshops, poetry and prose readings, seminars, conferences, book launches
      b.  literary competitions with prizes, awards, distinctions
      c.  postal workshops designed for members who are unable to attend meetings, and available to other members
      d.  other activities the Committee considers appropriate such as public readings
3.  To promote the knowledge of literature among women writers and the wider community.
4.  To strengthen the ties of interest between Australian women writers and writers overseas.
5.  To co-operate with other associations or organizations whose purposes are similar to those of our Society by subscription, membership or joint seminar.
6.  To enter into agreement with government or council authorities to obtain rights, privileges or concessions to further the purposes of the Society.
7.  To print and publish newsletters, anthologies, magazines, books or leaflets that the Society considers desirable for its purposes and for the benefit of its members and the wider community.

 
 
Vale Dorothea Lavery
LAVERY
Dorothea Trafford 12.11.1917 – 12.11 2016
Died November 12, 2016, her 99th birthday.

Devoted wife of Hugh (dec). Loving mother of Peter, Anthony and Gillian (dec). Mother-in-law of Bill, Jan and Anne. Cherished grandmother of Claire, Charles, Indi and Tori, Amelia, James, Andrew and Susannah. Great grandmother of Aurora, Rem, Edward, Olivia, Annabel, Nicholas, Winifred and Maxwell.
The Age, 15.11.2016
In their tributes below, SWWV members and friends celebrate the life of Dorothea Lavery, a dedicated life member who contributed much to the society as we know it today.
 
Errol Broome: Dorothea was a distinguished president and the Society gained in strength through her leadership.
 
When Dorothea and Dorothy Richards and I organized a Federal Conference in Melbourne, we spent hours on a production line making lamingtons for about a hundred members from all over Australia. This was part of the picnic lunch we provided for a bus trip to Dromkeen.
Dorothea’s husband also supplied us with delicious cheeses whenever we catered for visitors or outside workshops.
 
I can still hear her laugh.
 
Coral Hartley, Editor of The Write Angle who published many of Dorothea’s haiku: Sad news to hear Dorothea has passed away, though I was expecting it. I met her only twice, but I remember the way she knelt on the floor and put warm socks on my freezing feet. My daughter and I both thought she was a gracious and impressive person, and her dressing was so tasteful. I will insert a Valé for her in the next edition of The Write Angle.
 
Jenny Hearn: Lovely to hear from you even though your words contained a sad message expressing your grief at the loss of a dear friend and mentor. Regrettably I did not know Dorothea, but to me her passing seems also a cause for the celebration of wonderful, contributing life.
 
Janet Howie: What a woman! Dorothy was a colourful and outgoing person, dedicated to the Society and to the history and writing of haiku. In 2003 Dorothea and Meryl edited Thoughts in Miniature, a fine collection of haiku by members of the Society – Rhona Fahey, Rebecca Maxwell, Janet Howie, Meryl Brown Tobin and Dorothea Lavery. We had a number of Haiku meetings in Dorothea’s home. All very enjoyable and productive occasions.
 
Dorothea was also concerned that all the members of the Society should read their work well. She gave a few demonstrations on how to project the voice loudly and clearly, with expression to be heard with full effect. Members appreciated her help and encouragement. With Dorothea some of us did readings in the chapel at Cabrini.
 
She also had lots of interesting stories to share about different venues, activities and personalities. Others may recall more details.
 
Rebecca Maxwell: For a number of months I attended a haiku group at Dorothea’s. She not only received us for lunch and for the shared haiku activity but she also made time to pick me up before the meeting every time. It’s like she evinced a sense of calm and certainty so that there was no rush and no feeling of possibly not coping with the agenda.
 
Dorothea’s haiku showed a strong leaning to Buddhism. I don’t think it was only that which gave her calm but rather a kind of living in expansiveness.
 
Then there was Dorothea’s voice and spoken delivery – clear, animated and with interesting vocabulary.
 
She never made a fuss about my disability. I don’t think fuss or difficulty were part of her nature.
 
I remember Dorothea telling me about her ayah who gave her a lot of love and from whom she received her sense of calm, security and care. When Dorothea’s family left Hong Kong, she would have loved her ayah to have come to live here too. Dorothea told me it was like leaving her mother.
 
Vale, Dorothea.
 
Del Nightingale: In the time when Dorothea was still very much involved in the society she shared her knowledge and her love of all things literary and especially the beautiful poetic form of haiku. It was as though the written haiku embodied for her the essential simplistic but profound beauty of the Asian cultural history and art forms. She was born in Hong Kong and she came to live in Australia when she was five. However, her interest in the East continued to play a significant part in her life and it coloured the concepts she shared with us about her beloved haiku.  Visiting her would mean preparing haiku offerings for her scrutiny. It was always astonishing to see just how acute her mind remained despite her declining physical abilities.  It has been an enormous privilege to know Dorothea and to be able to gain understandings of her life experience, for she has lived through historic times. 
 
Meryl Tobin: Dorothea was a grand old lady who will be remembered for her great presence, her great love of the society and of all people, her great love of haiku and her great sense of humour. As she was a longtime friend and mentor, I will miss her greatly.
 
Farewell, Dorothea.
 
DOROTHEA’S HAIKU
 
On Ninety Mile Beach
roaring seas lash shipwrecked hull
screeching gulls quiver
   
[Equal Third, Papyrus Publishing Award – Poppy Seeds and Laurel Tree]
[Pub The Write Angle, Feb/March/Ap 2011]
 
White foam on seawall
heavy seas lash fishing boats
women holding lamps
 
[Pub The Write Angle, March 2014]
 
By cool mountain stream
Buddha rests on mossy rock
Embracing silence
 
[Pub Thoughts in Miniature, 2003]
 
Above rugged peaks
mighty condor swoops and glides
through freedom of sky
 
[Pub Thoughts in Miniature, 2003]
 
Dorothea Trafford Lavery
 
Collated by Meryl Brown Tobin
 
SWWV Journal
 
Our sub-committee consists of Errol Broome, Paula Wilson, Mary Jones and Blaise van Hecke, Maribel Steel and Lynne Santos.
 
The journal will be published biannually, in April and November. Each issue will contain no more than 30,000 words. Any content that does not fit the current issue will be carried over to the next. Winners from SWWV writing competitions are automatically included.
 
Members are encouraged to submit work that has been previously published or won a competition prize but this does not guarantee automatic inclusion.
 
The journal editing committee will choose content based on quality and content and writers must expect some editorial liaison before publication.
 
Please include the following information with your submission:
 
Name: .........................................................................................................
Address: .....................................................................................................
Suburb: .......................................................................................................
Postcode: ............................... State: .........................................................
Phone: ................................ Mobile: .........................................................
Email: .........................................................................................................   
Title of submission: ....................................................................................
Word count: ....................................................................................
Guidelines:
  • writer must be a SWWVic member
  • stories must be the original work of the entrant
  • short stories maximum 2,500 words; there are no genre specifications
  • poems maximum of 30 lines
  • articles (non-fiction, memoir, book review) maximum of 2000 words
  • images minimum of 300dpi resolution
  • entries should be in 12pt Times New Roman font, at least 1.5 space, on an A4 page with 2.5 cm margins.
 
Email your submission to: Journal Receiving Officer, Paula Wilson paulawilson1@optusnet.com.au
Cut off date for April issue is Friday 10th February 2017

 
 
Annual Postal Workshop Picnic
 
The annual postal workshop picnic will be held in the Fitzroy Gardens on SATURDAY 21st JANUARY 2017. Members will meet at the Pavilion Cafe at 11am.  If members sit inside the Cafe it is appropriate to purchase food and drinks from the venue. Outside or near the Cafe members may choose to bring their own food and drinks. If the forecast top temperature for Melbourne is 38 degrees or over on the day of the picnic, it will be cancelled.
 
Competitions and Opportunities
 
Rhonda Jankovic Literary Awards
Theme: Social Justice
Sections: (1) Poetry (2) Short Story
First Prize for each section: A$600.00 and a Radio 3CR Vintage Sound-bite Cartridge Trophy
Second Place and Third Place Certificates awarded for each section
Highly Commended and/or Commended Certificates awarded at Judges’ discretion.
Submissions close: 25th November 2016
www.rhondajankovicliterarysociety.org
 
Award Winners announced: March 2017
 
The Best of Times short story competition #22.
For humorous short stories (any theme) up to 2500 words. 
First prize: $300-$500 (depending on number of entries), second prize: $100. 
Submissions close: 30th Nov 2016.
No entry form is required. Include a cover sheet with your name and address, story title and word count, and where you heard about the competition. Entry fee is $10 per story. Send a cheque or money order made out to Chris Broadribb or use Paypal to pay cabbook-22@yahoo.com.au 
Post your entry to PO Box 55, Blaxcell NSW 2142 (including a large SSAE if you want the story returned and a results sheet, or a small SSAE for results only) or email it to cabbook-22@yahoo.com.au 
Competition website: http://www.bestoftimes.com.au/
 
The Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2017 – ENTRIES NOW OPEN
Open to residents of Australia and New Zealand, the prize is for short stories up to 3,000 words having an island, or island-resonant, theme.
The competition is run by Forty South Publishing, the largest book publisher in Tasmania and publisher of Tasmania 40° South magazine.

The winner will receive a cash prize of $500 and publication in Tasmania 40°South. A selection of the best entries will be published in Forty South Short Story Anthology 2017.
Entry forms and terms can be downloaded from www.fortysouth.com.au
Submissions close: February 13th, 2017.

 

 
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