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Anthology marks 20 years

One of Katharine Susannah Prichard’s (KSP) longest-running community writing groups is celebrating a 20-year milestone with the launch of their 20th anthology at the writers’ centre in Greenmount next month.

The Writefree Women’s Writing Group is set to publish their twentieth anthology Platinum Ladies and all nineteen copies of their past anthologies are currently on display at KSP as part of a special exhibition.

Writefree’s first anthology The Journey featured photocopied and stapled pages that were hand-collated by the members.

Today, while the group has advanced to a more sophisticated printing process, the main production of the book is still done in-house.

The group first formed in 1996 with the aim to encourage women writers to work alongside other creative people and ultimately have the opportunity to be published.

Over the past 20 years, this philosophy brought together would-be writers from all backgrounds including poets, artists, mothers, musicians and grandmothers.

In the 2000s the group became so large the centre launched two spin-off groups.

Original member Brenda Berrisford said there had been many interesting people pass through over the years and five original members still remained.

But she said the success of the group was not limited to its impressive longevity.

Since joining, many Writefree members have become competition winners and published poetry, short stories, memoir essays and fiction novels.

The group also had their own logo and music, composed by one of the members, and they made an appearance on the television program Postcards.

The group will launch Platinum Ladies on Sunday, October 23 from 2pm at the centre and afternoon tea will be provided.

Everyone is welcome to attend with the opportunity to buy a book, view the exhibition and learn more about the group. Please RSVP for catering purposes to Jane Wallis on [email protected] or 0438 901 689.

About Rashelle Predovnik

Rashelle has been the senior journalist at Echo News since June 2011. She was a finalist in the WA Media Awards in 2015 and 2013. In 2014 Rashelle took out the whole print category in the Deborah Kirwan Media Awards for a series of stories she wrote that has positively influenced community attitudes towards seniors. In 2013, Rashelle was a finalist in the Consumer Protection Media Awards. Before joining Echo News, Rashelle worked at WA Business News, Media Monitors, she was a freelance journalist and taught journalism units at Murdoch University.

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