Thanks for visiting my website. I’d love to hear what you think about anything I post. It takes courage to commit a large portion of your time to practising the craft of writing – but at last I’m ready to do this. In 2019 my debut novel was published. I’ve also published some short stories in magazines and anthologies, including my writing group’s anthology, Every Second Tuesday, and I’ve won some awards.
For further information see: My Debut Novel on this website:
Elwood Writers’ anthology Every Second Tuesday was launched in December 2020.
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I love reading and keep an annotated log of the books I read. From time to time I post reviews of books I’ve found especially interesting. I attend a lot of concerts and plays, so there are reviews of some of these, although in 2020 the opportunities to go out to concerts and the theatre were very limited.
Playing the oboe was once a driving passion for me – now that has been taken over by writing. I played my last note on the oboe in December 2019. Here I am playing Bach with my group, Trio con Brio.
In the past I’ve spent hours and hours practising – years ago I took out a diploma in performance from the Victorian College of the Arts. Now I think that the acquired discipline of music practice has helped me to write. Some writing is like practising scales.
Until recently I worked in educational research and I ended up in interesting places: Uganda, Botswana, Colombia, Saudi Arabia . . . I’ve written about some of these experiences.
Most important to me is my writing group, Elwood Writers. We’ve been meeting since 2007. There’s a poet, an established short story writer and one member is working on an extended memoir. We meet every fortnight to discuss our work and, as a group, attend events such as the Adelaide Writers’ Festival. Our work has been broadcast on several programs of Cover to Cover on Vision Australia Radio. I encourage you to look at our blog: https://elwoodwriters.com/
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Why ‘little smackerel’? I guess the name will seem obscure to anyone unfamiliar with A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh. Pooh was very partial to a little smackerel of something around eleven o’clock – and it always seemed to be close to eleven o’clock. The ‘smackerel’ was usually honey.
My earliest memories of reading – and they are pretty early – are of my grandfather reading the Pooh stories using different voices for each of the characters. He did it very well. I think he loved the stories too. Recently I read that Mrs Milne played a large part in devising the characters and indeed this is acknowledged in a ‘Dedication’ at the beginning of The House at Pooh Corner.
Smackerel? This blog is devoted to my writing, but to just a taste of this and that. Early on, when my writing group first set up a blog, I innocently posted 1500 word short stories and slabs of novel. I was a Blog Hog. I hope that this blog will be more like a degustation platter.
My blog is organised into six categories:
I would like to acknowledge that I live and write on the traditional lands of the Bunurong people of the South-East Kulin Nation, and pay my respect to Elders both past, present and future.
Fantastic. I love your blog title – it is very apt! Congratulations on being up and running. I look forward to hearing all of your updates along the way. 🙂
Thanks so much Marnie!
I like the simplicity of the layout of the blog. Very well done, and the subject matter. M
Thanks Margaret. Glad you like it!
Terrific reminder of the Smith Square concert, one of the highlights of our trip so far, in a week which included Pollini at the Symphonie in Paris and Lear at the Globe in London.
Thanks Tony, I think you intended this to come in the ”concerts” section — my piece about the Hans Werner Henze concert. It was indeed an ovrwhelming week!
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Congratulations Jenny! The novel looks fantastic and I’ve already started reading it. So wonderful to see the fruits of your efforts after the period of nurturing and gestation.
Thanks Helen — I am of course delighted. Quite a team effort, really.
Hi Jenny. Loved reading about you in the Midland Express this week and finding that you have finished your first novel. I will email our November lunch mob. Please bring a copy with you when we meet.
Sue T. In Castlemaine
That’s great, Sue. I’m glad there’s a piece in the Midland Express. I’ll bring the book to the lunch, for sure. Thanks so much for emailing the news.
I heard from Sue about your novel. Congratulations!
Called at bookshop in Castlemaine and they knew of you but have not yet got your book in stock.. I will look forward to obtaining a copy.
Great to hear from you, Belinda! Actually the Castlemaine book shop didn’t take copies of the book — although they may be obtaining some. It’s definitely for sale in Woodend and Kyneton if you’re down that way …
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Hi Darren, It’s good to hear from you and we’ve now made contact on Facebook.
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Thanks for your interest, Ricky. I’m happy with things as they are for now…. Jennifer