Jennifer in Library

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. I’ve had some short stories and non fiction published and now at last my first novel is finished.

Sorrowing woman leaning on table in front of photo of her husband

For further information see: My New Novel on this website:



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.

Playing the oboe is no longer the driving passion it once was for me – that seems to have been taken over by writing. But nevertheless, I love to play chamber music and recently I’ve had a go at jazz – more usually the province of clarinet or saxophone. 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 helps 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: