I”ve been neglecting this blog for the last few weeks, with much work on my desk, and a busy time pending, at the Peter Cowan Writers Centre, in Perth, where I will be writer in residence for a month, from 24th September to 21st October. I will be mentoring writers and facilitating workshops in creative writing, including a workshop for the City of Joondalup Libraries, and facilitating a writer’s retreat weekend, hosted by Peter Cowan Writers Centre Inc. Community activities for the residency are proudly supported by the City of Joondalup as part of the Community Cultural and Arts Development Fund. For the research component of my residency, funded by the Peter Cowan Writers Centre Inc, I am continuing with the biography I am writing on Fairbridge single parents and their children. This research was initially funded by a DCA (WA) grant in 2010. My residency at Peter Cowan Writers Centre Inc enables me to do follow-up research and complete the writing.
If you’d like to know more about the program, or register for any of the events if you happen to be resident or visiting in Perth at that time, have a look at the program by clicking on the link for Peter Cowan Writers Centre, and then on the sub-links for writer in residence.
Hopefully, the research and writing time I will be able to do in the next few weeks in Perth will enable me to bring the Fairbridge biography (which was short-listed for the inaugural Haze Rowley literary fellowship, 2012) to near-completion, and then — da-dum! Publication!! (Publishers, please queue up). Ha ha. Anyone who’s tried writing for publication knows what a hard road it is, a pilgrim’s progress, with many cul de sacs and false turns, and hard hills to climb. But, as the great English poet and thinker, John Milton said, in his pamphlet defending the right to freedom of speech and expression, Areopagitica, “I cannot praise a fugitive and cloistered virtue, unexercised and unbreathed, that never sallies out and sees her adversary but slinks out of the race, where that immortal garland is to be run for, not without dust and heat.”