The Society of Women Writers NSW – Literary Luncheon November 9, 2016


KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Di Morrissey – A Quarter Century as Australia’s Favourite Storyteller.

With millions of books sold around the world, Di Morrissey is one of the most successful and prolific authors Australia has ever produced.

Di is renowned for her research and sense of place, drawing inspiration and plot themes from the landscape and locations where each book is set. Her stories entwine family relationships, history, mystery, romance and adventure.

Apart from writing novels, Di is also a tireless and passionate advocate and activist for many environmental causes. Four years ago, Di also established The Golden Land Education Foundation to raise funds to build and develop Pyin Nya Yeik Mon Monastic Primary School, near Sagaing, in Myanmar.

Earlier this year, Di launched The Manning Community News – a monthly newspaper covering in-depth news in the Manning Valley as well as wide ranging subjects.

Di has published three children’s books. Rain Music is Di’s 23rd novel; a clever weaving of family, country and community.


INK 3 is an anthology of prize-winning fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry on the occasion of the 90thAnniversary of the Society of Women Writers NSW Inc

In 1925 a group of women writers and journalists met to form the Society of Women Writers. Over the ensuing decades, the Society’s goals of encouraging its members to write, network and achieve professional status have remained constant.

The Society of Women Writers NSW has marked subsequent decades by publishing anthologies of women’s writing. The 2015 anniversary competitions adopted the theme, ‘Giving women a voice’. Women as mothers, daughters, grandmothers and friends – all were invited to step up and stand out.

The stories in this anthology range from tales of resilience to experimental prose that mingles voices and sounds. Essays blend personal and political issues in conventional memoir and unconventional journeys; poetry ranges from reflections on a 12th-century scholar, to family reminiscences and tributes to fearless women.

Whether raised in anger, love, protest or affirmation, these stories and poems represent a medley of women’s voices, today.

WORKSHOP PRESENTER: Meg Mathews – The Galsworthy Duo – Fiction and Fact.

Using, as examples, Peter Goldsworthy’s novel ‘Maestro’ (1989) based loosely on the early life of his musically gifted daughter Anna, and her memoir ‘Piano Lessons’ (2009), Meg will show how music can be woven into both fiction and non fiction. Participants should think about the kinds of music they enjoy prior to the workshop to write texts of their own.

The Society of Women Writers NSW welcomes newcomers to our monthly Literary Luncheon on the second Wednesday of each month.

Giving Women Writers A Voice since 1925

Venue: Dixson Room, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW

Workshop: 10am-11.45am
Literary lunch: 12.00 noon

Workshop: $30.00 for members or $35 non-members.
Literary Lunch: $42.00 members or $47.00 non-members.

Bookings by 10am on the Monday prior to each event – text message 0403 177 208 or email.

Details and updates:

Media Contact: Yvonne Jarman 0405 470 902 or email.


BOOKING DEADLINE IS Monday November 7, 2016 before 10am please.

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