Booklength Project Group


Hello and welcome to the new website for the Booklength Project Group. As most of you are already aware, Iris Lavell, who has warmly and ably co-ordinated the group since it began in early 2012, is stepping down to return to full-time employment and to continue work on her second novel.

We thank Iris for her initiative in starting the group and facilitating it so competently over the past few years. We hope she can continue to come to the sessions, not just because we value her experience and input, but we also want to hear how her next project is going!

The Booklength Project Group now enters a new era with myself, Louise Allan, and Emily Paull as facilitators. Let me tell you about us:

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Louise Allan is a doctor, writer, and mother-of-four. She began writing in 2010, after a long career as a GP and breast physician.

She has had a few short stories published and is currently revising the final drafts of her novel, ‘Ida’s Children’. She was lucky enough to be granted a Varuna Fellowship in April this year and she blogs at

Louise has been a member of the Booklength Project Group since its inception in early 2012.


oct 005Emily Paull is a writer, blogger and bookseller. One day the piles of books stacked up in various places in her bedroom just may fall over and bury her alive.

She has a Bachelor of English and History with Honours from Murdoch University, and was the recipient of the 2012 Geoff and Lyn Field award for the best Honours thesis on an Australian topic.

In her spare time, when she has any, she is working on a historical novel set in Perth before and during the Second World War. She also writes short stories. Her favourite authors are Craig Silvey, Philippa Gregory and Kate Morton.

Emily’s blog can be found here.


Emily and I are looking forward to continuing the welcoming feel of the group and facilitating fruitful discussion around our works-in-progress. We also have a few ideas for visiting speakers …

Come along to our next meeting on 20th July, 10am. See you there!


2 thoughts on “Booklength Project Group

  1. Jenni Ibrahim

    Hi Louise and Emily. Good to find the new blog and the BLPJ on FB. I’ve been rather quiet for a while but hoping to be back in Sept.

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