Presidents Report – April 2013
I’d like to begin by thanking members of the Association, and especially the committee, most sincerely, for their unstinting support through a particularly challenging time, both personally and as President, over the past few months. I am deeply grateful to the executive members – Martin, Gavin and also Angelika who has stepped up as Vice President to assist me while I attempt to sort my health out. Running this organisation is a shared effort, and every one of the members of the committee is highly valued, so thank you all.
This month I’ve been privileged to have had three very precious books shared with me. The first is a journal kept by an artist friend who, along with her husband, took a fabulous trip to Antarctica at the beginning of this year. In it she included sketches for future paintings, small paintings, photographs, thoughts, poems and stories. It became a feature for the other passengers of their small group who were intrigued by her creativity.
The second book was created by an older friend for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She has included thoughts, sayings and small stories that intrigued her over the past fifty years and has lovingly and artistically presented them through what we now call scrapbooking.
The third was actually a set of books created by another friend who has chronicled world events through newspaper cuttings and accompanying poetry she has written (and published) over a period of forty years.
These events have once again raised for me the question of why we write, and for whom. If we’re clear about this, it helps enormously in the process of determining the best place for your work to be published.
Mem Fox, in celebrating the 30th anniversary of Possum Magic as I write this today, commented in one of her interviews that kids and parents don’t curl up in bed with an iPad. I also wrote a piece this morning about the NBN (National Broadband Network) as I was involved in its precursor. The memory for me was not of the technology we were creating at the time, but rather the wonderful library where I used to have my office and the impact the surrounding bookshelves had on our meetings, which were, at times, hilarious.
Last month at the meeting I asked you to bring along your favourite book to share as a point of dialogue. (I also asked that you consider writing a few words about your favourite book for Jeannie to put on the website!) This month I’m going to ask you to think about what books would you give a godchild that might enlighten and educate them as they move into adulthood? This may also help prompt those of you who haven’t yet managed to submit your piece on ‘Advice to your teenage self’.
This month’s weblinks which may be of interest
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
“Teach yourself by your own mistakes.” – William Faulkner
The Big Issue: Helping People Help Themselves Theme Make Me Smile. www.thebigissue.org.au
Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition: www.shortstorycompetition.com/Guidelines.php
Footpath Library http://footpathlibrary.org/shortstory-competition/
Author dissect thy own work … and do it well. 11
tips for editing your own writing. http://ow.ly/ixV9q
Five surprising mistakes that authors make in their short stories http://dld.bz/cpMBx
So, you’re thinking about a poetry collection… Here’s what you’ve got to know to get your collection published: http://dld.bz/cq9DN
These publishing stars all include poetry in their lists. www.australianpoetry.org/2013/03/14/publishers-of-poetry-in-australia/