Monthly Member Milestones 2024

Every month we take a moment to congratulate Writers SA members on their writing successes, from new book releases, to prizes, fellowships, awards, publication credits and more.

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Grace Fatchen was shortlisted for Overland’s 2023 Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize for ‘Mandarin Skins’, a sketch of solo travel and the South Australian desert – bringing together aspects of memory, anxiety, and the loneliness of indescribable beauty. Read more.

Karen Wyld will be in conversation with Ali Cobby Eckermann, Brad Darkson, and Dominic Guerrera to discuss her forthcoming anthology as co-editor, The Rocks Remain (Wakefield Press), at Adelaide Writers’ Week. Find out more.

Lyn McGrath was awarded second prize, Novice Section, Silver Quill written verse competition, by WA Bush Poets & Yarnspinners Assoc.

Mark McAvaney‘s debut novel For Everything a Time is being published by Ultimo Press on 1 May. Mark says: “It’s set in the Clare Valley, where I was born and lived until I was 28.” Launch in Adelaide on May 3, details to come. Find out more.

Alan Atkinson’s The Trials of Billy Freeman is out now through Wakefield Press. About a newly discovered ancestor Billy Freeman who was a child convict transportee who later came to SA with Charles Sturt and settled in the Hills, who Alan describes as “a feisty colourful character!” Find out more.

Heather Taylor Johnson won an Arts SA Fellowship of $50,000 for a two-year period to write essays about the body. She also received a place at the Whitlam Essay Residency, which will take place for a week in March at Gough Whitlam’s former house, where Heather will live with two other essayists.

Alysha Herrmann is launching a new project in the Riverland. Writing the River Rising. Local audiences can visit any one of the five project locations to reveal a new poem, and using their personal mobile device, they can engage with an augmented reality experience that will allow them to view and contribute to the work. Find out more.

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