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I Love a sunburnt country poem

There are many famous Australian poets which have produced iconic pieces which have helped to shape and remind us of the beautiful country that we live. Dorothea Mackellar's famous poem "My Country" is the perfect example of this, capturing the beauty of the Australian landscape. Written in 1906, Dorothea wrote My Country whilst on a

Australian Writers: Edel Wignell

Edel Wignell lives in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne, Australia. She enjoys visits to art galleries, seeing films and plays and taking trips to the country. For exercise Edel power-walks; she loves owls and aerial adventures, and is terrified of spiders! Read about Edel as a child and young adult, and her

Getting started writing

You have an idea. You want to write a story – or even a whole book. But you can’t seem to make yourself start. Your brain seems empty. Here are few tips that might help:   Pick a name If your main characters have names– it makes them real, closer to you.   Photographs Photos

Loving Lists

I love a good list. I would love a list about lists. I’m hooked. Here is why: It makes me feel as though I am doing something practical (even if I haven’t begun a single chore) Lists help me remember (mostly) It focuses my thoughts I can prioritise better It’s a pleasure – I  love

Language is a Funny Thing

The words we chose can reveal personal things about us. As a writer, I know the dilemmas of trying to find different words, to expand my vocabulary. To make sure the words I have chosen fit the age range of my target readers and the genre of story. Yet, it wasn’t until recently, when I

Prime Minister’s Literary Awards

Prime Minister's Literary Awards are a series of writing awards which celebrate and reward those who have made an exceptional contribution to Australian literature and intellectual life. The awards are held annually with hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes given out each year. Prime Minister's Literary Awards Categories The Prime Minister's Literary Awards have

Peter Porter Poetry Competition

The Peter Porter Poetry Competition is a yearly competition where entrants compete for a chance to win the major or runner up shortlist prizes. This prize is open to all age groups and entrants are not required to be in Australia, which has meant that a significant number of entrants from overseas are included each