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The Society of Women Writers Australia

ACN 009349633

'Spring into Tasmania'

1996 Biennial Conference

4th - 8th September, 1996
Scotch Oakburn College
Launceston, Tasmania

The Venue

SCOTCH OAKBURN COLLEGE, ELPHIN ROAD CAMPUS, close to the centre of the city of Launceston. Campus facilities include:
*Accommodation for couples outside the conference venue.

Conference Convener:
Jenny Gill
120 Elphin Road
LAUNCESTON, Tas, 7250.
or phone Anne - (003) 281231
or phone Deirdre - (003 445309.
FAX (003) 317978.
You can send an e-mail message to

The Programme

Wednesday 4th
4.30Afternoon Tea
5.00Bus departs for Town Hall
5.30Official Welcome. Entre cards required
6.45Bus returns to Oakburn
7.30Evening meal. Introductions
Thursday 5th
8.30Day registrations
8.45Limbering up with Barbara
9.00Session1(a) Business Meeting
(b) Sharing workshop
10.30Morning Tea
11.00Session 2(a) Business Meeting
(b) Sharing workshop
2.00Session 3(a) Margaret Scott
(b) Caryl Woof
3.30Afternoon Tea
4.00Session 4Caryl Woof (cont.)
6.30Changeover Dinner
Friday 6th
8.30Day Registrations
8.45Limbering up with Barbara
9.00Session 5(a) Barbara Rose
(b) Robyn Friend
(c) Margaret Scott
10.30Morning Tea
11.00Session 6(a) Robyn Friend
(b) Sally Odgers
(c) Stella Kent
2.00Session 7(a) Sally Odgers
(b) Jenny Boult
(c) Margaret Giordano
3.30Afternoon Tea
4.00Session 8(a) Sue Moss
(b) Jenny Boult
(c) Margaret Giordano
6.30High TeaBook Launch
Open Forum
Saturday 7th
8.30Day Registrations
8.45Limbering up with Barbara
9.00Session 9(a) Magazine Workshop
(b) Magazine Workshop
(c) Magazine Workshop
10.30Morning Tea
11.00Bus departs on Tour
4.45Bus returns to Oakburn
Dress for dinner
6.00Bus departs for Gorge
7.00Alice DinnerTickets required
11.30 (approx.)Bus returns Oakburn
Sunday 8th
10.00Morning Tea
12.45Farewell Lunch

The Workshop Leaders - Tasmanians all!

Margaret Scott
Margaret is a published poet and novelist and an entertaining speaker. Margaret will take two workshops, will talk about her new novel, autobiography and turning one's life story into fiction, showing the difference between novels and memoirs. 'Family Album: History and Fiction'. Thursday 5th September at 2pm and Friday 6th at 9am.
Barbara Rose
Author, Editor, publisher and Teacher of Creative Writing. Barbara will lead us in some literary calisthenics each morning at 8.45am and present a workshop on 'five-minute fiction' on Friday 6th at 9am.
Caryl Woof
A retired teacher of English speech and drama, Caryl has an interest in Australian history. Her workshop will cover two one and a half hour sessions with a break. Her topic will be 'Building towards improvising a script', making use of convict letters sent back home to their wives. Thursday 5th at 2pm and 4pm.
Margaret Giordano
Author. Margaret is greatly interested in Tasmanian history. The topic of her workshop will be Portraits on Paper - The Art of Biography. Friday 6th at 4pm. Her latest book Watcher of the Skies, a biography of scientist Alfred Barrett Biggs, will be launched at the Conference on the Friday evening.
Jenny Boult
Jenny Boult is a performance poet born in England and is now resident in Tasmania. Jenny has published several volumes of verse, including The White Rose and the Bath and Handbaggery, at least one play and other works. She has experience with readings at schools, prisons, nursing homes and with community groups.
Stella Kent
Stella is a playwright from Tasmania whose greatest successes have been plays written for radio. These include Demons and Tale of One City.
Robyn Friend
Structure and Myth. Robyn is an Oral Historian and community writer. She has worked with Tasmanian aboriginal groups, and in doing this has found she recorded history contrary to written history.
Sue Moss
Sue, a performance poet, lives in Woodbridge, Tasmania. Her writing includes poetry, lyrics, music and theatre text. She has performed at various literary festivals and venues, including the Salamanca Writers Festival in 1993 and 1995. Her poetry collection The Upwardly Downward Mobility Blues was published by Penguin in 1995 in Hot Collation.
Sally Odgers
Writing for children. Sally Odgers is from Latrobe and is prolific in her writing for children, teenagers and adults. She has more than 80 books published including, Her Kingdom for a Pony in 1977, Dreadful David and The Magician's Box.

The Organising Committee

The Society of Women Writers Conference Convener is
Miss Jenny Gill
120 Elphin Road
Launceston, Tas, 7250
Telephone 003 445309 or 003 281231.

Jenny Gill

Born in Launceston, local historian, author and poet, Jenny began writing about twelve years ago and has three historical volumes published: Engraved in Memory, The Story of the Launceston Homeopathic Hospital and Aldersgate Home for the Aged. She has also written two books of poetry and prose: The Handsome Deckhand and The Fat Kitty. A number of her local history papers have been published in Tasmanian Ancestry - the journal of the Genealogical Society of Tasmania Inc., and the Papers of the Launceston Historical Society. She has also had articles published in The Oz Writer.
In 1997 and 1998, Jenny will serve as a member of the Federal Executive of The Society of Women Writers Australia Inc.

Anne Layton-Bennett

Born in England, Anne travelled to Australia in 1977 settling first in Perth, WA before moving to Tasmania in 1988. Always an inveterate letter writer, she did not begin writing seriously until after the sale of her florist business. Following early success in several writing competitions, Anne was encouraged to continue writing.
Anne joined the Tasmanian branch of the Society of Women Writers in 1991 and was State Treasurer in 1993 and 1994. She will assume the duties of Federal Treasurer for the Society after the 10th Biennial Conference in September 1996. Anne is also the Society's Tasmanian Treasurer.
In addition to several Highly Commended and Commended certificates for competition entries, Anne's credits include a short story published in the inaugural edition of Red Jelly, published by the Tasmanian Arts Council, a series of articles published in The Oz Writer, a magazine for writers published by Silvereve Publications, and an article published in The Sunday Tasmanian newspaper. The British writing magazine Quartos is publishing one of Anne's articles in its September issue.

Deirdre Gibson

Deirdre was born in Launceston and has always lived in Tasmania. Always interested in writing, she did not take it up seriously until recently. Deirdre joined SWW in 1994 and, with their encouragement, has had poems published in Patchwork of Poetry and Portraits of Life. She has contributed regularly to The Oz Writer, and has received highly commended certificates in several writing competitions. Deirdre will assume the role of Federal President of the Society after the Biennial Conference.

Other Committee Members are;

Marilyn Arnold

Carol Easton

Barbara Rose

Betsy Thain

Sheila Burchill

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