January 2020 Report

WAVERLEY WRITERS OF FOWL REPORT to FOWL (Friends of Waverley Library) COMMITTEE, January 2020

Dear all: Please note that, due to changes to the FOWL schedule, I intend to present this report bi-monthly from now on.

Waverley Writers of FOWL held its 51st and 52nd meetings on the 3rd Sundays of November and December from 2-4 pm in the Theory Room in Waverley Library. There were 7 of us present at the November meeting, and 9 at the December meeting, both of which were convened by Anne Skyvington.

During these November and December meetings, all presented writing, except for one new member, who preferred to listen and observe during her first visit (in December). The group welcomed this new member. During our total of 4 hours together, we shared 2 poems, 2 short stories, 5 novel excerpts and 7 memoir pieces. We endeavoured to give positive and constructive feedback, which is always encouraged, to fellow members.

Some good news: Long-time member Pam Trustrum’s article about Susannah Fullerton’s talk on Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca was published in the December 2019 edition of FOWL Deeds. The talk took place at Waverley Library in September 2019. Congratulations to Pam for entertaining FOWL members with her article.

If you wish to contribute to future editions of FOWL Deeds, please speak to either Anne Skyvington or Susan Beinart for submission details.

Finally, here is some news about member Anne Skyvington’s successful book launch. As you know, Anne has published her first novel, Karrana, a love story set in the aftermath of the Second World War in a fictional Australian country town. Karrana was unveiled at Gleebooks on the 29th of November last year. Professor Mark Onslow launched the book against a background of illuminating slides, and there was an interesting question-and-answer section involving Anne and fellow writer Geraldine Star.

We have always supported our members at their book launches, and we did not disappoint this time. We did indeed turn up in droves to support Anne. Many Waverley Writers attended and Anne certainly appreciated our support. The launch also provided a good opportunity for present and past Waverley Writers and their writerly friends to catch up with each other.

Karrana can be ordered online through Amazon Australia and Booktopia. Eventually, it will be available through bookstores via the Australian distributor IngramSpark’s  Lightning Source  print-on-demand facility.

As always, there is no meeting in January. Waverley Writers’ next meeting will take place on Sunday 16 February 2020, from 2-4 pm in the Theory Room in Waverley Library. We are hoping to see you there.


Susan Beinart (Liaison Waverley Writers of FOWL)




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