President’s Report

The new financial year is here and we are finally, after so many years of preparation, a branch of IPEd. Thanks to those past presidents and committee members who put in countless hours to make it happen over the past months and years.

I would like to welcome Karen Lee as the national Executive Officer. I’m looking forward to having a passionate, committed head of the new organisation who can work in the best interests of all the states to form a unified, national voice.

And congratulations to Charles Houen, who has accepted the position as inaugural IPEd Finance Officer. Charles is to be credited for keeping Editors Victoria in great financial shape over the years and, now that we're sharing him, we can be sure the funds of our new national body will be in the best of hands.

After the second ballot earlier this year, the societies of editors in Tasmania and Western Australia voted for the resolution to join IPEd; the Canberra Society of Editors voted against. We look forward to retaining our ties with all of the states. It was exciting to meet other presidents and members at the national conference in Canberra last year and there will be another opportunity next year in Queensland.

I hope you have had a chance to read IPEd Notes March to May (which were circulated by email on 17 June) so you know what to expect in the coming months.

The committee has been discussing how to best serve the interests of all our members under a national membership. I’ve always emphasised that we must retain our proud history and heritage and this has not changed. Please make sure you’re at the AGM so you can participate in our new direction. It will be on Tuesday 20 September at CQ Function Centre.

More exciting news: we are deepening our role as an essential voice in the writing community of Melbourne, the world’s second City of Literature, by sponsoring a masterclass at the Melbourne Writers Festival.

Read on for more information about this initiative among a plethora of useful and essential reading in this month’s newsletter.

Be well and stay in touch.

Jackey Coyle