Congratulations to the winners.
The Margaret River Short Story collection entitled "Things that are found in trees and other stories" and will be launched on Saturday, May 5th at the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival.
The title is taken from the Open category winning entry by Beverley Lello, the second prize goes to Christine Piper for her story Stranded and the South West Prize goes to Bernice Barry for her story Mornings Like This.
Beverley Lello lives on a bush block in NE Victoria with her husband. The children have grown up and moved north and she now has more time to cycle, trek and write. Country town life and travelling are the inspiration for many of her stories and plays. Several of her stories have been published in Stringybark Fiction and in 2011 she won the Albury City Short Story Competition and the Stringybark Fiction Award. She has had several short plays performed by theatre companies in Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney and her home town of Yackandandah.
Christine Piper is a Doctor of Creative Arts candidate at the University of Technology, Sydney, and a freelance journalist. Her writing has appeared in Australian Book Review, The Sydney Morning Herald and GQ, among other publications. She was born in Seoul, South Korea and has lived in Japan several times but is currently based in Sydney, where she is completing a historical fiction novel about Japanese civilian internees. She is the recipient of a Varuna Writing Retreat Fellowship and CAL’s Creative Industries’ Career Fund.
Bernice Barry has lived in Margaret River for eleven years and works mainly from home as an education consultant. After twenty years as an adviser on literacy and international curriculum innovation, she found in WA’s South West a personal balance of peace and challenge, creating a native garden in the bush and managing each day’s wildlife adventures. She has written many publications on education, from language development programs for young children and books for teachers to online training courses for school principals. Her personal writing has always remained private, until now
Watch this space for further details of the book.