Authors share the write stuff

Acclaimed local authors Diane Fahey and Dorothy Johnston are looking forward to the Meet the Authors event. 171019

By Justin Flynn

Barwon Heads Arts Council will hold a huge Meet the Authors day that will feature three acclaimed writers.
Clifton Springs resident Dian Fahey (author of 12 poetry collections,, Professor of Politics Judith Brett and six-time author Craig Sherbourne will talk at Barwon Heads Golf Club on Sunday 10 September.
Arts council’s Dorothy Johnston (an acclaimed author herself) said she was looking forward to the day and was excited at what the council had put together.
“I think we are punching above our weight (as a council),” she said.
“We’re a small committee, dedicated to promoting the arts. It’s (the golf club) a lovely room, it’s got a beautiful view. We’re hoping people will enjoy the food and ambience. The idea is to make a day of it.”
Each author will speak for around an hour and will invite audience participation.
“It’s a great concept to go to an event that gives each of the three writers an hour,” Ms Fahey said.
“You don’t want to talk at people, it’s a flow-on conversation. Often writers are in a pretty isolated position. To physically communicate your work can be fulfilling to the writer. To be in a relaxed, calm setting and to talk to people is a pleasure.”
Organisers are expecting a full house and are encouraging anyone to come along, but especially budding writers.
Ms Johnston said she expected lovers of literature to attend.
“People who read and write deeply and who want to write but haven’t published much and who want to pick up some tips,” she said.
Tickets for the day, which starts at 9.30am are $75, which includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.
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