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Group facilitator Jane Wallis (front left) and longest serving group members Jill Southgate (front centre) and Brenda Berrisford, with illustrator Joy Baxter (front right).

Ladies writing group launches 25th book

By Rebecca Peppiatt

One of the longest running groups at the Katharine Susannah Prichard (KSP) Writer’s Centre is next month reaching an important milestone.

The Writefree Women’s Writing Group will be publishing its 25th anthology, titled Unlocked, marking 25 years since the group’s inception.

The ladies-only sessions are a weekly event at the Greenmount centre where women of all ages, backgrounds, writing abilities and genres come together for support, friendship, feedback and encouragement.

“We concentrate on short stories and poetry in any genre,” facilitator Jane Wallis said.

“We just help people with their projects, their novels or competition entries.

“We all work well together, we all gel and we all contribute our skills.”

Some have been with the group since the very beginning and over the years many books have been published and some members have gone on to do great things.

Kelly van Nelson is a previous member of the group and is now an international author and poet responsible for publishing Graffiti Lane, a bestselling poetry collection.

Unlocked is a reflection of each of the 15 ladies in the group, offering a collection of work that ranges from fantasy and crime to humour and romance.

The book will be launched by poet and short story writer Josephine Clarke on Sunday, October 24 at the KSP Writer’s Centre.

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