I love a surprise: surprise gifts that are given when it’s not your birthday or Christmas; surprise random acts of kindness and surprise meetings with people from your past who you may have forgotten about, but when you meet them again you remember how they influenced your life. Yesterday, I had one of those lovely surprise meetings.
At Gleebooks, Glebe, for the launch of the Wagga Wagga Writers Writers anthology, fourW twenty four, the always dapper four W, editor David Gilbey , introduced me to fellow contributor, Joan Phillip. Although it turned out it had been more than 35 years since we had first met, we instantly recognised each other. Joan was my lecturer for the Women in Literature Unit of the English major I did for my BA Communications in the late 1970’s. It was so wonderful to see her and to be able to thank her for introducing me to the writing of the late Doris Lessing, Carson McCullers, Margaret Drabble, Margaret Atwood, Edna O’Brien and others. It turned out that she also taught my friend Helen who I met last year in another of those serendipitous moments.
My story ‘Suffer the Little Children’ is my fourth successful submission to fourW. I’m always delighted to have my work included in such fine company that this year includes Fiona Wright, Josephine Rowe, Sulari Gentill, Keri Glastonbury, Les Wicks, Nathan Curnow and Albury Wodonga area writers Jane Downing, Louise D’Arcy and Beverly Lello as well as fellow Booranga members Jo Wilson-Ridley, Joan Cahill, Michel Digand and David Gilbey.
Launching the anthology, poet and novelist, Mark O’Flynn (who also has work in the publication) said selection of the pieces had demanded of the editors a ‘versatility and flexibility: an editorial bendiness.’
‘There’s the personal versus the political; the comic and the poignant and the international next to the local.’
Copies of fourW twenty four are available by emailing Booranga. Cost $25 email@example.com
David Crane’s collection of poetry, Postcards from the End of the World: a Michael Crane sampler of Poetry and Prose was launched by Southerly editor, David Brooks, and is available at Gleebooks.