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Autumn 2015

As we head into winter and longer evenings, our Winter Non-Fiction Issue of Writers Connect brings you new books, news from our network, ideas and fascinating contributions from our UTS Writers’ Alumni Network; as well as some exciting competitions, opportunities and events coming up in the literary scene.

We’re eternally grateful to our contributors who share their experiences of writing and publishing with us. In this issue Libby Sommer, Paul McMahon, and Roz Bellamy divulge their passion for writing non-fiction and the joy it brings them. Marjorie Lewis-Jones contributes a beautifully written and evocative review of a book of poems by Joanne Burns: “several poems in brush are ‘poems of place, with autobiographical perspectives’.” Each of these feature articles focuses on a different aspect of writing non-fiction but overall they show not only its place in writing but how satisfying it can be.

Congratulations to Dr Gabrielle Carey, joint winner with Helen Trinca, of the $80,000 non-fiction prize in the 2014 Prime Minister's Literary Awards for her book Moving Among Strangers. More congratulations to our writers’ alumni who have recently published essays, articles, blogs, stories and books. Thank you for sharing your exciting news with us.

This issue brings you details of seven new books by our UTS Alumni and we do hope you’ll support your fellow writers by buying and reading their books. If you or other UTS alumni have a new book released, please send us details and we’ll include your books in our New Books section of Writers Connect. Thanks also to everyone who contributed their news. For me, hearing about your achievements is motivating and uplifting, as I’m sure it is for our readers.

This month we welcome Rebecca Whalen, Communications Manager, and Anna Roberts, Digital Content Manager to our Writers Connect team and I am most appreciative of their energetic and innovative input. They have come up with some great ideas for a fresh design and format for Writers Connect. One suggestion from our new Writers Connect team is to put our Writers’ Events, Competitions and Opportunities onto a Google Events Calendar. So look out for some exciting changes ahead.

Fiona Zhu our Alumni Office contact will be leaving us for a while to await the birth of her second child. We wish Fiona and her family well and many thanks, Fiona, for all you have contributed to the UTS Writers’ Alumni. Fiona has been indispensable to me as a guiding force, a source of wise advice, a collaborator in putting together Writers Connect and for so efficiently organising our exciting 10th Anniversary Event in 2014. I’ll miss you, Fiona and wish you a joyful time on leave with your family. I am, however, very much looking forward to working with Rebecca and Anna.

Until next time, please enjoy our latest Autumn Issue of Writers Connect.
Sharon Rundle
Chair, UTS Writers' Alumni
Editor, UTS Writers Connect



A letter to non-fiction

Roz Bellamy

Roz Bellamy tells us how she regained her passion for writing through non-fiction, and why it was this genre – and not fiction – that was her forte.

Marjorie Lewis-Jones on brush

Marjorie Lewis-Jones

Marjorie shares what she has learned about writing and reveals what she relishes about the work of Joanne Burns, and Joanne’s latest book, brush.

Let me take you on a journey

Paul McMahon

Negotiating life – and his love of travel – after a serious injury, Paul McMahon is writing his first book, taking the reader on a journey to show: we can do amazing things.

Writing narrative, creative and literary non-fiction

Libby Sommer

In this intriguing article, Libby Sommer attempts to answer the question: what exactly is creative or literary non-fiction?

New books

Spiral of books

Congratulations to all of our UTS Writers’ Alumni who have released new books. We profile some of the latest releases.