Thursday, August 26, 2010

Karrinyup Writers Club Inc. 25th Anniversary

Karrinyup Writers club celebrated its 25th anniversary today. Not bad for a club which has met once a week for all that time except for a brief annual summer break.

To mark the occasion the club held a combined luncheon, readings from the judges' reports and some of the prize winning entries as well as the launch of their latest anthology. I was delighted to catch up with old friends, some of whom I haven't seen for several
years. Among those present were past and present Karrinyup members, the judges - Maureen Helen and Shane Macauley, as well as Chris Oakley and Mardi May from the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre and Helen Iles, Claire Grosse and Frances Richardson from the Society of Women Writers WA. It was lovely to see people from other parts of the writing world supporting us on this special day. I'm sorry that time and the sheer volume of people present made it impossible for me to talk to everyone. I certainly would have liked to.

Karrinyup Writers Club has a talented membership and a record to be proud of as it has helped many Perth writers to hone their craft over the years since Pam Steenbergen put an advertisement in the local paper and Dorothy Thompson answered it. They put together a list of aims that still forms the basis of the club constitution. We all owe them and the many who followed them a vote of thanks.

Happy birthday KWC and may there be many more of them.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Worldcon Here I Come

I'm even on two panels. See.

Thurs 1500 Rm 216: Spoiler alert: reviewing plot-driven fiction without
giving the story away. Ian Mond, Helen Venn, Jenny Blackford, Crisetta MacLeod

Thu 1600 Rm 213: Motherhood in science fiction and fantasy. Helen Merrick, Helen Venn, Marianne de Pierres, Tansy Rayner Roberts

Do bear in mind that details may change so, if you're coming, check on the actual program at the con.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Hung Parliament?

So the possibility of a Federal hung parliament looms over us. What do I make out of this? Neither party convinced the electorate that they were worthy of government. The government of Australia rests now basically with the independents and from what I've heard from them so far they seem to be taking the responsibility seriously - which is as it should be. However impatient the leaders of the major parties are to take control they are going to have to wait while these men weigh up the situation and decide on what course they will take. As they are independent, they will have to negotiate an arrangement whereby (whoever they choose to support) they will vote with the government on Supply bills and no confidence motions while either negotiating concessions in return for support of their own policies or voting according to their conscience. It remains to be seen whether this can be agreed and between whom or Australia faces the prospect of another election very soon. If that's the case I hope it's more impressive on the part of the major parties than the election campaign we have just endured.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Builders - Final Report

So yesterday I opened the curtains to see a dove land on the building site only to realise that overnight the anchors had been dislodged. The pathetic remnants were strewn over the veranda. They obviously hadn't secured them properly and now have abandoned the site. Looking at the bits of twig it's easy to see that it would never have withstood even a slight gust. We've had a number of doves build successful nests here and I have to say I've never seen anything less suitable as building material. They seem to have given up now so maybe I should have helped them. As it is they haven't enough time to build before she will have to lay so I doubt the babies will survive. Yes, they are feral and shouldn't be here but they don't do any damage unlike the gorgeous rainbow lorikeets which are multiplying very quickly and literally pushing out the native parrots by climbing into the hollows that both like to breed in and and throwing out eggs and babies.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Birds Again.

The doves are still working on the anchors. While I'm all for their making the nest secure, this is ridiculous. I suspect they are a very young and inexperienced pair. I want to get up there and give them a helping hand but that would only make things worse. Another update tomorrow.

Saturday, August 07, 2010

More Bird Talk

This pair of doves have to be the slowest nest builders in the world. On the other hand the chances of this nest being blown off is remote because they have so many anchors in place. Of course they have done nothing else towards the rest of the nest and they are still discussing every new placement but the nest - if it ever eventuates - will be incredibly stable.

Friday, August 06, 2010

The Builders Are In

No, work has not stared on our long delayed renovations. These builders are an industrious pair of turtledoves which after much discussion and many site inspections have decided the top of the clothesline on the verandah is the place for them. After last year's disaster when a nest was blown down in strong winds, we extended the area with a small piece of wood and it seems to have met with their approval. They are both slower and much noisier than last year's pair. They finally started construction four days ago but have so far only managed to put some of the anchors in place. The trouble is that they have to talk over every step and at the rate they are progressing she'll be ready to lay before the nest is complete. Oh well at least the cat is being entertained. He's an indoor cat so there's no opportunity for him to do any damage but he divides his time between my study window sill and the family room door watching every move.