Feel the pain and make it better

Oh, the pain of not being criticized. I cringe when I think of the times I've read out my fabulously written story to our writers group and no one makes a comment. I know the story hasn't hit the mark. Perhaps the intent is not evident or the characters aren't realistic or the pace is [...]

By | 2018-02-09T04:37:22+00:00 February 9th, 2018|Short Stories|0 Comments

Zine Making with Jeremy Staples

The last time I cut and pasted graphics onto paper was when I was working at the Byron Bay office of the Advocate Newspaper in NSW. Designing ads for local businesses was done by hand - this was before computers. A Zine workshop by Jeremy Staples at the Macleay Island Art Complex enticed me and [...]

By | 2017-05-09T11:08:04+00:00 May 9th, 2017|News & Events|0 Comments


The Macleay Island Inspirational Writing Group’s fourth anthology of short stories in the ‘Spiral Connections’ series is out now. A book launch will be held at the Macleay Island Progress Hall opposite the tavern on Friday, 20th November, 2015 at 10am. Music, readings and morning tea are all free. Autographs ditto. You can purchase this [...]

By | 2015-12-12T23:34:45+00:00 December 12th, 2015|Books, News & Events, Short Stories|0 Comments

Writers connecting – island and city

Our Macleay Island Inspirational Writers’ Group has connected with Brisbane Writers Group in editing an anthology of our stories. Most of the stories evolved from homework assignments. An example of one of the homework assignments is, write up to 1000 words including the paragraphs below. ‘I wake up one morning in a house I don’t [...]

By | 2015-12-12T23:25:19+00:00 September 21st, 2015|News & Events|0 Comments

Keep It Simple Sailor- easy recipes for small boats without a fridge

You’re longing to sail away for a few days but are worried about making meals on your small boat. This simple practical guide is a must for the adventurer whether sailing, camping or roving in a campervan. Each of the 69 tested recipes use unrefrigerated ingredients, a minimum of utensils and will delight the novice [...]

By | 2015-12-12T23:14:43+00:00 June 25th, 2014|Books|0 Comments

The Redlitzer editor’s choice winner

Winning the Redlitzer was more of a shock than anything! When competition editor Marilyn Hume said ‘Don’t let them change anything. I wish I’d written this story myself,” I knew I had created something special. But could I keep doing that? I didn’t write anything for a month afterwards. Reading the story, ‘On the Edge’ [...]

By | 2015-12-12T23:10:40+00:00 March 19th, 2014|News & Events, Short Stories|0 Comments