SAG Writing Group

Today, being the second Thursday of the month, is Writing Group Day. Now into our fourth year, this group of like minded people are close. (new comers are made very welcome)

Today was tinged with sadness as our oldest member, Ben Price, aged 98, passed away in April. Ben would travel by public transport, with his walker to make our meetings. Two years ago, when he was 96, I photographed him with our youngest member, aged just 9months. He told such wonderful stories of his ancestors, that we enjoyed. He continued to live on his own, cooking his meals until the end. His death notice read, 'Not ready yet!'. We will miss you Ben.

Ben's Order of Service.

Ann Beaumont and Sue Stenning. Sue is the "boss" of the group.

Our speaker today was Ann Beaumont. In a previous life she was a journalist in all three areas, print, radio and television. She covered such things as the Vietnam War and the break up of the former Yugoslavia and was also a member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery.  Now an author, she talked about two of her books, A Light in the Window, about he Harper Mansion at Berrima and A Man of Many Parts, the Life and Times of Edward Charles Close. Know as the Father of the Hunter.

Ann spoke on her writing journey, especially with the book on Edward Close. This book was shelved several times as other writing commitments took precedence. Once she was given a deadline, a company wanted to launch the book, she finally finished it. I will confess that I hadn't heard of  Edward Close but his story is fascinating. If you are looking for a copy, the State Library of New South Wales, Bookshop has copies or you can contact Ann through Highland House Publications;   part of their blurb says; At Highland House we are more than book sellers: we are committed to supporting the writing and publication of history and quality literature.

Lunch at Café Mio, in Clarence Street is a chance to catch-up and bounce ideas around or ask for advice.

                                                   The covers of two of Ann's books.

Some of the group, enjoying morning tea.

Bye for now,

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