Welcome to our Member Morsels Page

Your Say

Dr Mary Burbidge, sponsor of the Jennifer Burbidge Award, suggested we set up this Member Morsels page, so it is open for our writer friends to let us know about their successes or news they wish to share. It is also open to non-members for fair comment. Food for thought.

Message Board

FAW member and broadcaster, Gaytona Adorna, will present a special about noted Australian poet Anne Elder on Write Now, 88.3FM at 7pm on Thursday 14 February.

Gaytona will discuss with Anne’s niece Julia Hamer about Julia’s book, The Heart’s Ground, a Life of Anne Elder, and with Catherine Elder, Anne’s daughter, about Catherine’s The Bright And the Cold. The program is also streaming on: www.southernfm.com.au.

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‘Great to see the web page being updated on a regular basis.’ 

From Mavis Russell.

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Zoe has recently moved to Launceston, Tasmania, and would like to pursue her creative writing through a formal class or informal meet ups. If you’re in the area and know of something that would be suitable, would you contact us please and we’ll pass the information onto Zoe.

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‘Just want to congratulate the new team and say that I am delighted to see the professional way FAW Victoria is now presented.’

From Jean Thornton.

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‘I am looking forward to seeing more books listed, not just the one.’

From Mavis Russell.

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I laugh I cry I feel is the title of a poem that introduces my novel that relates the first person story of an intellectually disabled child. The book was on the same internationally acclaimed list as Alan Marshall’s well known I Can Jump Puddles.

‘I wrote the book in the first person to try to get people to understand that people with intellectual disability had feelings and that they should not be left to die young in institutions.

‘That was in 1978. Forty years later there’s now a writing competition for people with intellectual disability. In 2018 people with intellectual disability are encouraged to write their own stories.
Launched in 2017 by VALID (Victorian Advocacy League for People with Disability) and Writers Victoria, the annual Dulcie Stone Writers Competition is a writing competition for people with intellectual disability.

‘At the 2017 launch, the 32 writers spoke about how wonderful it was to write about their feelings, their day to day lives, their dreams and goals, and to create stories and poems.

‘In 2018 there were 68 entries. Two entries were written by young women who had been sexually abused. For them, and others like them, writing is opening up a critically important whole new world.’

From Dulcie Stone.


Mary from Broad Editing and Services, who helps out, likes the idea of a blog page offering valuable information to writers, so get writing and send in those pearls of wisdom. Don’t forget to include a short bio to be added to your article. It is a great way to add to your writer’s résumé.

Please send items to: secretary@fawvic.com.au.