Keynote speak Louise Allan is an Australian writer and former doctor. Her début novel, ‘The Sisters’ Song’ (Allen and Unwin, 2018), won the 2018 Tina Kane Emergent Writer Award, was shortlisted for the 2014 City of Fremantle—TAG Hungerford Award and awarded a Varuna Residential Fellowship. Louise was the 2019 Scholarship Writer in Residence at Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre. She lives in Perth, Western Australia, with her family and 2 dogs, and is currently writing her second novel.
Set in rural Tasmania from the 1920s to the 1990s, The Sisters' Song traces the lives of 2 very different sisters, one for whom giving and loving are her most natural qualities and the other who cannot forgive and forget. As children, Ida loves looking after her younger sister, Nora, but when their beloved father dies in 1926, everything changes. The 2 young girls move in with their grandmother who is particularly encouraging of Nora's musical talent. Nora eventually follows her dream of a brilliant musical career, while Ida takes a job as a nanny and their lives become quite separate.
Member speaker, Dorothy Keyworth - Grace Perry, Publisher of Poetry Australia
Dorothy Keyworth has always been passionate about poetry. As Dot Jensen, she wrote Australian Poetry: Tradition and Challenge 1987 for Thomas Nelson, and collected Top Lines an anthology of Australian poets with teaching notes for Phoenix Education. She wrote an Honours Thesis on Gwen Harwood in 1987. She was Head Teacher English and History at Jannali Girls High and Head Teacher at St George Girls High until she retired in 1995.
Dorothy did an M.A. with Leonie Kramer 1968-70 and began a PhD in 1990. She edited a national magazineThe English Teacher for five years for Ashton Scholastics. Dorothy joined the Society of Women Writers in 1996 when Patricia Gaut was President. She had judged student writing competitions for Hilarie Lindsay and was researching in Mitchell Library. With Jan Williams they ran three-day writers’ workshops at Plunkett St Primary, University of New South Wales and Macquarie University. Jan encouraged her to enter a version of her Thesis on “Grace Perry: Poet, Publisher of Poetry Australia, Paediatrician and Breeder of Simmental Bulls” the FAW Walter Stone Biography Award for which judge, Professor Elizabeth Webby awarded her First Prize and president, Beverley Earnshaw awarded her a gold medal and $1000.
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