August 2014 Meeting Round-up


Thanks to everyone who came to yesterday’s meeting, and a warm welcome to Tracie who came for the first time.

First up, we heard Dawn Barker speak about her journeys: from Aberdeen, Scotland, to Perth, Western Australia; from Medicine and Psychiatry, to creative writing; and from unpublished writer to bestselling author. Of particular interest was her disciplined writing practice (Dawn, I hope you wrote your 500 words today!) and her first draft practice of ‘not reading back’.

After the break, Glen read his monologue, which enthralled us all. Best of luck to Glen for the competition in which it is entered, and I hope many more voices perform it in the future.

Now, onto next month: we have Amanda Kendle coming to talk to us about Social Media and why we should be using it.

Amanda Kendle

Amanda is an experienced traveller and travel blogger, who presents courses on blogging, social media, and online promotion for UWA’s Extension Programme. As authors, we know the benefits of having a social media profile, and that’s not just for self-publishers but commercial publishers also expect it these days. Amanda will talk to us on blogging, Facebooking and Tweeting, and hopefully Pinterest and Instagram, too. When she’s not blogging or face booking or tweeting, Amanda’s also a passionate reader of modern Australian literature and harbours a not-so-secret desire to become a published novelist. You can find out more about Amanda on her websites: Not a Ballerina (but a traveller and a thinker) and Amanda Kendle Consulting.

I’m about to make up a list of good websites for writers and post the links here on the website. Please let me know (via email or the contact page here) if there are any you particularly like and want to let others know about. I’ve already noted yesterday’s recommendations.

Hoping to see you all next month, 21st September, at 10am. Until then, happy writing!



July 2014 Meeting Round-Up


Thank you to everyone for coming to the BLPG meeting this morning and making it so vibrant. I always enjoy hearing about people’s works-in-progress, and the inevitable discussions around them never fail to be helpful and lively, not to mention supportive. It’s easy to feel disillusioned on this long-haul expedition we’ve commenced, that of writing a book. Not to mention that most of us don’t even have a map and the end can sometimes feel as if it is slipping further away, not drawing closer. Our group is a kind of safety net or ‘home base’ where we can share our experiences with others who know only too well the troughs and crests of this voyage.

Congratulations to Elizabeth on publication of her book, ‘A Different Shade of Seeing’, soon to be launched through Equilibrium Books. You can read more about Elizabeth’s book and purchase it by clicking here.


A special thank you to Leonard, Emily and Matt for reading their work this morning. It benefits us as writers to read our work out loud, especially to an audience, and it’s lovely, too, for writers to hear others’ stories.

Congratulations to Lynne for being Highly Commended in the recent Hadow-Stuart Competition, and to Leonard, Glen and Pat for your Honourable Mentions. You can read more about the Competition and the winning entries here.

As you know, Dr Dawn Barker will be joining us for next month’s meeting. Her latest novel, ‘Let Her Go’ was released last month, following the huge success of her first novel, ‘Fractured’. She is also visiting the Bookcaffé (137 Claremont Crescent, Swanbourne) on Monday, July 28th, 10am, to talk about the themes in her latest novel and the path to writing it. Pop in for a coffee and buy a copy of Dawn’s book at 10% discount.

So, join us next month, August 17th, for Dawn’s talk and a performance of Glen’s monologue (following it’s dazzling debut at the ‘Blue Room’). I’m sure we’ll have time to squeeze in some free discussion, too.


Author Dawn Barker Booked for August 2014 Meeting


We’ve just booked the lovely Dawn Barker, author and child psychiatrist, to speak at our August 17th BLPG meeting.

About Dawn

Dr Dawn Barker is a child psychiatrist and author. She studied Medicine in the UK before moving to Australia in 2001 where she completed her psychiatric training and began writing.

In 2010, Dawn’s first novel, Fractured, was selected for the Hachette/Queensland Writers Centre’s manuscript development competition and it was published in 2013. Her second novel, Let Her Go, was published in June 2014.

She has spoken on writing, mental health and parenting at conferences, writers festivals, television and radio.

Dawn lives in Perth, Western Australia with her husband and three young children.

You can also visit Dawn’s website to read more about her.