April 2019


Happy, excited and grateful to hold in my hands the 2019 Newcastle Short Story Award anthology. Thrilled to find the words I wrote sitting beside words written by wonderful writers whose stories I love and admire.

Congratulations to the winner Ellen Vickerman, it is worth buying the anthology just to read her beautiful story, Aquarium.

My thanks to the Hunter Writers Centre, particularly director Karen Crofts, for their support of writers and their encouragement to those of us who are emerging and aspiring.

Thank you to judge Annabel Smith for providing a glimpse into the judging task and for sharing generous insights into her own writing process.

You can watch Karen Croft interview Annabel Smith here. So many pearls of wisdom in this candid conversation, highly recommended viewing.